Jacks swoop for Czech defender

Jacks swoop for Czech defender

Posted on January 15, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have bolstered their defensive stocks after signing Czech defender Jakub Prajza from local rivals Sorrento.

The 27-year-old, who can also play in midfield, spent two successful seasons at the Gulls, but said the chance to work with Kenny Lowe was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.

He can’t wait to get started, after joining his new teammates last week for pre-season training.

“I’m delighted to have sorted everything out to join ECU Joondalup,” he said.

“Kenny contacted me before last season to join the club, but at that time I already signed with Sorrento.

“He contacted me again before this season, and I really like his thinking about football and his enthusiasm, it reminds me of European football.

“After a couple meetings with him I decided to join ECU, and I’m so excited about that and hungry to win some trophies.”

Prajza played professional football at Czech side Slovacko, before heading out on loan at Division One sides Vitkovice and HS Kromeriz before heading down under and joining Sorrento.

The left footed defender thanked the Gulls for the opportunity play in Australia. “I’d like to thank the Sorrento Football Club and President Derek and Coach Jamie,” he explained.

“It was a very tough decision to move away from the club, as when I came to Australia two years ago and knew no one, the club took care of me and basically they became my family here for which I am very grateful and wish them all the best.”

The talented defender was chased by clubs in the eastern states last season, but he is happy he stayed in WA and is looking forward to a successful season at ECU.

“I had some interest from an NPL team in Melbourne, but thank god I stayed in WA especially with the corona virus and everything going on would, it would be very hard to start living there,” he explained.

“For me now, it’s all about ECU Joondalup, I’m looking forward to getting into training. I will bring a bit of experience into the young squad, and I’ll be looking to add a goal or three next season and a little Czech language (probably swearing).”