Speed and Carroll join JUFC for 2020 State League campaign

Youngsters Callum Speed and Jack Carroll have committed to Joondalup United for the 2020 Football West State League season.

Both aged 20, they come to club with great pedigrees and we are delighted to have them as part of the first team set up.

Speed was born in London before coming to Perth when he was 12, playing two years at Quinns FC and then joining ECU Joondalup’s 15s side.

A short spell at Joondalup City followed, including some first team experience, before he returned to ECU where he was the 20s top goalscorer over a three-year period.

“I went over to America to play in the college system for six months, returning last year to ECU 20s and playing under Jon Higgins which was a good year with great coaches,” says Speed.

“Now it’s time for me to gain some first team experience and under Nick Jennings I will hopefully get the opportunities to prove myself in the State League.

“Overall I’m really excited and ready for the season ahead.”

Like Speed, Carroll has also cut his teeth with some of Western Australia’s top clubs.

He spent his junior years with Balcatta FC and also had some trials with Football League side Fleetwood Town in the United Kingdom.

On his return to Perth, Carroll played for Bayswater City’s 18s before switching to ECU’s 20s where he won a league title.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter of my football career and getting the opportunities to play first team football,” he says.

Both players will be part of the JUFC squad which begins preseason training this month under the guidance of Ian McMurray and Nick Jennings.

Gibson re-signs to lead the line in 2020

Striker Jamie Gibson has put pen to paper and will return to Joondalup United for the 2020 Football West State League season.

Gibson last played for the club in the 2018 National Premier League (NPL) campaign, scoring five times in ten games, before playing a season with Carramar FC in the Amateur League.

He netted 24 goals in Division Two to finish as the second top scorer, and also captained Carramar in the Amateur Cup Final against Premier Division winners Kingsley SC.

Despite the 6-2 defeat, Gibson performed superbly and scored both of his side’s goals in the first half.

Originally from Scotland, Gibson played for Easthouses Lily MW, Berwick Rangers, Selkirk FC and Gala Fairydean Rovers before moving to Perth where he also turned out for Stirling Lions in the NPL.

JUFC are delighted to welcome him back to the club and he will be a huge asset next year.

More State League signings will be announced over the next few weeks.

New look JUFC ready to compete in 2019 State League

Joondalup United is set for big year in the Football West State League under the guidance of returning coach Nick Jennings.

A difficult 12 months for club culminated in relegation from the National Premier League (NPL) but Jennings and the Executive Committee have worked hard in the offseason to lay new foundations for the club in what will be its 20th season.

Preseason wins over NPL side ECU Joondalup and Subiaco AFC, have given the playing group confidence ahead of this weekend’s Night Series kick off.

“The Executive Committee would like to quell the rumours that seem to have spread through sections of the football fraternity regarding the future of JUFC and the club’s financial position,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“That couldn’t be further from the truth and there was never any danger of JUFC going bankrupt and folding.

“On the contrary, the club is financially very well placed and will compete in Division One of the State League and are about to go into the Night Series with a clean slate and fresh look.”

JUFC’s first season in the NPL in 2017 resulted in a respectable ninth place finish but the departure of a number of key players meant that ‘second season syndrome’ was a distinct possibility from the outset.

“Like almost every club after a relegation, there tends to be a lull followed by uncertainty,” said Stone.

“However, to us our relegation was inevitable, mainly due to the circumstances of a lack of support from local council at NPL level to secure any long-term facilities.

“This left the club trying to compete in the 2018 NPL season with both arms tied behind our backs.”

JUFC have achieved a lot in the club’s short history and Stone says that he knew that there would always be a drop off at some point.

“We were under no illusion of the task we faced last season, and just getting to the end of the year was an achievement in itself,” he said.

Coach Nick Jennings felt the pinch more than most; having used a shoestring budget to build a squad capable of competing with clubs whose financial backing was considerably larger, he worked tirelessly to ensure that JUFC made it through the 2018 season.

“The club has been on an unbelievable upward journey over the past few seasons, our rise through the leagues has been well documented, and everyone is aware of the rail crash of the NPL 2018 season,” he said.

“The painful relegation, the first in the club’s Saturday football history, really hurt me, as an individual who cares about this special club.

“However, with the severe restrictions we were operating under I believe even Sir Alex Ferguson would have earned his knighthood by avoiding the drop!”

The fallout from the bottom place finish had its effect on Jennings as much as it did on the playing group but has committed to club for another year.

“As I’ve stated previously, I seriously considered joining the majority of the playing group and leaving the club for pastures new,” he said.

“Following meetings with the club and having been informed of the restructuring and plans for the club moving forward, the prospect of being the man to lead the club back to the top-level of WA football was a challenge that I couldn’t walk away from.”

With just a handful of players remaining, Jennings and his coaching team began the rebuild of the playing group, targeting a mixture of hungry young players, experienced campaigners, and those who love a challenge.

“As a coach I pride myself on the talent I have identified from lower levels of football and those within the u18 and u20 systems, who I have then given opportunities to play in my first team,” said Jennings.

“I am also realistic that these talented boys will be headhunted and subsequently move to so-called bigger clubs with big budgets.

“Like all coaches I’m still on the lookout for players to add to my new squad as we really ramp up our preparations firstly for the Night Series and then the real business of the league program in the highly competitive and quality State League Division One.”

JUFC’s first game in the Night Series takes place this coming Friday with Swan United providing the opposition at Wanneroo.

Wanneroo City and Olympic Kingsway are the other two sides in Pool 4, with the top side from the round robin group stage guaranteed a place in the knockout stage.

“The 2019 season will be our 20th anniversary and with every other section of the club thriving, the committee has set about planning and rebuilding our State Teams for the future,” said John Stone.

“We now have a great junior base with a well-trained coaching group, paired with a structure in place to promote the younger players at all levels, giving every young player the opportunity to progress and compete for a place in our first team.

“The State teams will be back playing at Forrest Park and we look forward to the seeing the same support that the club enjoyed there in 2016 when we won the title.”

Overall, this promises to be an exciting year for JUFC with celebrations planned across the club for the next 12 months.

“In keeping with our strong culture, we are focused on what Joondalup United does well and are well on our way to competing again this coming season,” said Stone.

Maton takes role as JUFC State League Reserves coach

Joondalup United can today confirm the appointment of Terry Maton as the State League Reserves coach for the 2019 season.

The experienced Maton, who holds a UEFA B Licence, joins the club following spells with Stirling Lions and Joondalup City.

At City, Maton oversaw their 18s team who finished second in consecutive seasons.

Prior to moving to Australia, Maton was based in the United Kingdom where he coached at Hayes and Yeading, Fulham Ladies National Premier League, and Middlesex Ladies Representative, among others.

Maton will support first team head coach Nick Jennings as JUFC look to bounce back from last season’s disappointing campaign.

Blaine Merredew and Adam Buckley will work with Maton at Reserves level and expressions of interest are now being sought from players keen to be part of the squad.

If you wish to to get involved, simply head to this link, fill out your details, and hit ‘Send’.

Jennings to lead JUFC State League coaching staff in 2019

Joondalup United is delighted to confirm that Nick Jennings will continue in his role as first team coach for the 2019 Football West State League season.

Having overseen the club’s rise to the National Premier League (NPL), Jennings will again spearhead the coaching group as JUFC look to rebuild in the State League following relegation from the top flight.

Jennings will again be assisted by the experienced Steve Flint and Rudy Proctor, and plans are being finalised for the upcoming preseason schedule.

“Over the last few weeks since the NPL season ended I spent a long time thinking hard over the direction of my coaching career,” said Jennings.

“I fielded a couple of offers to jump on the coaching merry-go-round but decided that the challenge of rebuilding the club which I love was the best move for me.

“I’m looking to rebuild the playing group from scratch and with the restructuring that’s gone off the field I’ll be aiming for us to hit the ground running and be challenging at the top end of what will be an ultra competitive State League Division One.”

The State League reserves will include Blaine Merredew and Adam Buckley in its coaching group, with a further appointment still to be confirmed.

The JUFC 18s will be coached by Troy Reid who is also the club’s new Technical Director, while Miguel de la Fuente will serve as his assistant.

More details regarding trials and preseason training will be made available in the near future.

JUFC appoints Technical Director ahead of 2019 season

Joondalup United is pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Reid as the club’s new Technical Director.

Reid came to the club with plenty of experience having previously been with Stirling Lions as a National Premier League (NPL) coach and a Technical Director for the 6s to 11s age groups.

He will also be the club’s 18s coach for the upcoming State League campaign.

“Troy has a strong record of developing players and has the dedication and experience to be part of the future of our Club,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“Having coached one of our Junior NPL teams this year we have been impressed with Troy’s personal leadership and ability to get the best out of his players on and off the pitch.”

JUFC is looking to the future and aims to focus on professionalism, performance, club culture with a strong emphasis on Junior development.

As Technical Director, Reid will be in a key position and will be working with our great team of coaches to assist players develop and transition through Junior NPL teams into senior football.

“I am excited by the role and the direction the club is going with the youth development focus, and I think I can use my experience to help foster and develop that vision,” said Reid, who also coached his way through the youth and senior ranks at club and representative level in Albany.

“Obviously we want to continue to develop young footballers and be competitive in the NPL competitions.

“Most importantly we want to focus on developing players who will be the future of our first team over the coming years, not only to get us back into the senior NPL but to be competing at that level.”

Reid has already commenced his new role and is overseeing the Junior trials which are taking place at Beldon Park for the next few weeks.

President’s Address – NPL seniors’ season finale

JUFC President Stephen Martin is encouraging all members and supporters to attend Saturday’s final game of the National Premier League (NPL) season at Percy Doyle Reserve.

Dear members and supporters,

Although Saturday’s fixture marks our last game as a National Premier League (NPL) senior club, we want this to be a day of celebration and not a day of dwelling on what could have been.

Our visitors Perth Soccer Club are one of the biggest clubs in Perth and still have a shot at winning the league if they secure victory over JUFC and Perth Glory slip up.

It’s a great way to see out the season and they are sure to bring with them a large crowd; we would like to do the same and make it a great day out for the JUFC family.

Entry will be free for all JUFC members wearing club gear.

Our first NPL game against ECU in 2017 was one of the biggest crowds witnessed at an NPL senior match so let’s go out in similar fashion and get down to support the guys for one last time.

Although we have officially been relegated from the NPL at a senior level we still retain our Junior NPL status.

Granted it’s not been the greatest season for the senior sides but that did not come as a surprise given the predicament that the City of Joondalup Council left us in.

Saying that though, outside of the NPL seniors there are still lots of positives to focus on throughout the club as we close out season 2018 and look toward 2019.

As most would have seen on our social media channels recently our Division Two 18s team were recently crowned league champions and are eyeing up more silverware before the season finishes.

The Top Four Cup campaign kicks off next week and the Junior Cup Final takes place this Saturday at 3:15pm at Ashfield.

It’s great having 18s of this calibre so well done to the coach Clive O’Brien, team manager Melinda Lewis and all the players involved; top effort so far and best of luck on Saturday and next week.

Without putting a mocker on it, our Belt Up Amateur Division One side are vying for promotion to the Premier Division again this season and with only a handful of games to go can achieve that goal with a win over third place Stirling Panthers this Sunday.

It was so close yet so far for Ben Williams and the lads last season as they conceded a goal in the last minute of the second last game of the season to thwart their promotion to the top flight.

With that in the back of their minds, the lads will be keen to get the result on Sunday and secure promotion so for all club members who are not playing at that time the Amateurs would love to have your support down at Stirling.

Our NPL juniors continue to make massive strides forward and the improvement on last season has been remarkable.

We are now reaching the time where our top junior NPL development sides are starting to come through the ranks and each year going forward, like this season, we will see a team enter the NPL 13s that will be a contender for the league.

Two years from now, if we can keep hold of current squads, we will have some of the top teams competing in the 13s to 16s NPL Junior leagues.

NPL Junior trial dates for season 2019 will be announced soon so please keep an eye out for that.

As the club continues to grow and the workload increases we are continually striving to improve on previous seasons and add people to the committee that can really add value.

Preparations are currently underway for next season and there will be even more changes in the coming months as we look to restructure major parts of the club in 2019, especially our State League set up which has been ongoing for a number of weeks now.

The 2018 presentation evenings will begin in earnest with the Junior presentations taking place on September 23rd at the Woodvale Tavern.

The full club presentation evening will take place on October 20th at the Breakwater Tavern and is open to anyone.

It’s a great way to round out the season so we look forward to seeing you all there for another night of celebration.

JUFC is more than just an NPL senior team, it’s a progressive club catering to all age groups and abilities with over 550 current playing members.

It’s not often we have the opportunity to all get together so let’s all get down on Saturday, farewell the NPL season, and celebrate the end of an era for the club while marking the beginning of another.

Stephen Martin
Club President

Club statement – the future direction of Joondalup United

On behalf of the Joondalup United Football Club Executive Committee,

I would like to take this opportunity to confirm our situation in terms of the rumours that have been circulating over the past few weeks regarding the club folding, merging and everything else in between. I can confirm there will be no merger and JUFC will not be folding.

Apart from the three senior NPL teams this season, the rest of the club is the strongest it’s ever been and we are more financially stable than ever.

As most are aware, the three senior National Premier League (NPL) sides have not had the best start to the season. This is obviously not ideal but comes as no surprise to the Executive Committee. We were resigned to the fact that, after several failed attempts, the City of Joondalup Council were unsuccessful in trying to provide the club with a home base from which to operate from, and therefore we were going to struggle severely in our second season in the NPL.

Our role as an Executive Committee is to operate the club in the best interests of our members and that means exploring every option available, as we have done numerous times during the club’s 19-year history. The City of Joondalup Council had advised us to explore all options and even to investigate options within the City of Wanneroo.

As a result of our current position there was some interest from another club, in particular enquiring whether there was a way to bring our two clubs together with a possible merger and, in the process, solve some challenges currently faced on both sides.

Further enquiries were made, meetings between both parties took place and, following, this the key stakeholders of JUFC were then engaged to discuss all options and work a way forward in the best interests of the club. After much discussion and with due diligence completed we would like to advise that there will be no change to the current structure of the club.

Our search for a home ground has been no secret; whether NPL or not it has been going on for over ten years and the last two years have been the most challenging in which four separate facilities were identified as the new home for JUFC, only to be voted down on every occasion.

The disappointing December rejection of a council proposal for a brand new community facility to be built at the club’s junior ground at Prince Regent Park in Heathridge has left JUFC with no facilities at all and has put a huge strain on every person throughout the club, especially the coaches, players and parents utilising this park. The situation we find ourselves in is ridiculous and is something we are not going to let go lightly.

As a result, the remainder of the 2018 season and the months going into season 2019 is an important period for the club. We are a very proud and successful community club, and we will persevere to explore all avenues to provide this great club an eventual home.

We have now formed a Council Action Group who will lobby the State Government officials and local Members of Parliament. We will also continue to work with the City of Joondalup and engage with the local groups and residents associations, leaving no stone unturned in order to give our club and its members some basic facilities to operate from.

The club will be looking ahead and begin planning for the 2019 season. With some rebuilding and restructuring we are sure we will be able to continue as we always have in the past. Should results continue to no go our way, the NPL Juniors and NPL Development teams will continue to strengthen next season while the seniors rebuild in State League Division One where the compliance and restrictions of NPL do not apply.

The partnership with Glasgow Celtic FC has progressed further this season and we are looking to expand on this more in the coming years. With the senior Amateurs and Masters groups continuing to thrive and compete in all their respective divisions, the club in its entirety will be strong heading towards its landmark 20th season in WA football.

As a club we pride ourselves on providing competitive football for everyone from 5 to 50+ years of age in a family friendly environment. Our core strategy is focused on the development of our players and coaches and in future seasons we will place a strong emphasis in this area to ensure we maintain the standards we have set in our short history.

Stephen Martin
Club President

Jennings bolsters NPL squad with four transfer window signings

Joondalup United have been busy during the National Premier League (NPL) transfer window, adding four new players to the first team squad.

First team coach Nick Jennings knows that results need to improve with JUFC sitting on the bottom of the ladder but both he and the playing group are determined to turn things round.

“The mid-season break, and the opening of the transfer window, has seen plenty of movement of players around the league and I’m more than happy with the business that we have conducted in this manic period,” said Jennings.

“One out was Alex Wild to Balcatta but we’ve replaced his 1 goal in 13 games with a couple of top quality forwards in Jamie Gibson from Carramar who has been a long term target of mine and the return of the prolific and club talisman Lee Jones who has been snowboarding in Canada for a year but is determined to show people he hasn’t lost his goal touch.

“Add to that the energetic and physical presence of young Matt Cherrie from Stirling Lions, as well as, 21-year-old Liam Kessel from UWA, and it’s clear that we’ve added depth and quality to the squad.”

The new acquisitions will get their first opportunity to impress in the home game against Armadale Soccer Club which takes place this Saturday at Percy Doyle Reserve.

JUFC squad numbers

Lee Jones – 9
Liam Kessel – 12
Matt Cherrie – 17
Jamie Gibson – 22

Players wanted for JUFC’s 20s and 18s NPL sides

Joondalup United is seeking additional players for two of its National Premier League (NPL) teams.

Injuries have impacted the club massively this season, but this has opened up opportunities for some younger players to play at a higher level.

Already a number of teenagers have featured for Nick Jennings’ first team, while some of the 18s have gained valuable experience playing in the 20s.

Consequently, our 20s and 18s are in need of some reinforcements and discounted fees will be discussed with those who come on board.

If you are interested in joining JUFC for the rest of 2018 and beyond, please contact NPL co-ordinator Rudy Proctor on npl@jufc.com.au.