Woodcock officially signs for the Jacks

Woodcock officially signs for the Jacks

Posted on April 28, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup are delighted to announce the signing of former Australian under-23 international, Perth Glory and Sydney FC defender Riley Woodcock for the 2021 NPLWA season.

The talented defender put pen to paper on his contract on Tuesday evening, before getting on the track for training with his new team mates, as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Perth Glory and Saturday afternoon at the Campus (Subject to updated Government COVID and a University announcement on Friday)

Head Coach Kenny Lowe said he had been looking to sign the defender all last season, and he is happy to have finally got his man, and he’s looking forward to working with him again.

“We’re delighted to have signed Riley,” he said. “He has been outstanding for Cockburn and has great experience in this competition and at a higher level with Perth Glory and Sydney FC, and has also represented Australia at U18 U20 & U23 level, so he will give our squad a real boost.

“I worked with him at the NTC and also at Perth Glory, and he can play a few positions, which will give us options, but he is one of the best players in the league.

“He is a player who I’ve wanted to sign for a while, and when the opportunity came, I jumped at the chance to bring him to the Campus.

“I tried to sign him when I first came here, but he was heavily invested in Cockburn, who are a very good and well coached team, so actually this is the fourth or fifth time I have tried, which shows you always got to keep trying.

“We have started the season really well with four clean sheets and sitting second in League, but there is still room for improvement and the signing of Riley will only help that.”

Woodcock said he is happy to join the Champions, and can’t wait to get started. “Obviously I’m very happy, ECU is a great club and seem to be doing really good things around the place,” he explained.

“Kenny and I have been in contact a few times since I returned back to Perth, so after a few conversations recently I felt the time was right to make the move.”

The 25-year-old said it was a tough decision to leave team mates and friends at Dalmatinac Park, but he is looking forward to the new challenge at the Campus.

“Yes of course, Cockburn was one of my junior clubs and I have had a good relationship with President Heidi Lazzaro for many, many years,” Woodcock explained.

“I also have a great relationship with Scotty (Miller) and Dale (Wingell) and have the upmost respect for them both, so that made things tough,

“But as I said I felt the time was right and I was really drawn to how ECU are going about their business at the club at the moment.”

Woodcock will reunite with Lowe, who coached the defender at the NTC and Glory, and he said he is looking forward to the season ahead, and helping the Jacks to regain their NPLWA title.

“Yes definitely, I didn’t actually have Kenny for too long at the Glory as I left quite early into his stint as manager and went to Sydney, but I had Kenny as a junior in the NTC for quite a few years and share some great memories from national competitions etc, where I felt he got the best out of me, so I’m excited to see what we can do,” he explained.

“Obviously the team is off to another great start this season, and other then the Armadale slip up have won every game, so I think with the current squad we’re in good stead to have another successful year and hopefully I can be a big part of that.”

Welcome to the Campus Riley – #PrideoftheNorth