Knight and Corbett United for Joondalup

JOONDALUP UNITED have secured experience forwards Gavin Knight and Daniel Corbett for the 2022 State League Division 1 season.

From left: Daniel Corbett, Joondalup United head coach Nick Jennings (centre, standing) and Gavin Knight at Forrest Park during the signing.

Knight, who started his football career in Perth with Joondalup United is returning to don the dark blue colours having an illustrious goal-scoring career in State and National Premier League sides including Bayswater City and Sorrento (2013). He then moved to Gwelup Croatia before a stint at Swan United then returning Bayswater. His last two seasons were with Stirling Lions in which he helped them to the State Division 1 title.

Corbett, no stranger to the game is another experience striker having played last three season with Forrestfield United comes to United to help boost the squad.

“We are excited and am looking forward to having them in our side,” head coach Nick Jennings.
Jennings along with his long-time assistant Steve Flin,t led the side to a fourth place finish on the ladder but bagged the Top 4 Cup in the final. This season the pair will be boosted with the assistance of Blaine Merredew and Ben Fairbairn in the coaching squad.

“It feels like coming home as Joondalup United was the first club I played for back in 2010,”said Knight who was part of the Amateur side then.

Gavin Knight will don the Number 10 shirt

“Joondalup United was my first club I played for when I moved here and I said I would return to JUFC again and as this will be my last season what a way to finish my career with the team I started with,” said Knight who bagged 20 goals for Stirling Lions in the 2021 season.

Corbett is also looking forward to joining the side and being part of the club.

Daniel Corbett (18 squad number)

“It’s a great club with rich history. I’m looking forward in being part of it and getting in blue,” said Corbett who had a title season with Olympic Kingsway before his time at Forrestfield United as well.

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JUFC’s 2022 State side coaching line up announced

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB is please to announce State side head coach Nick Jennings and assistant Steve Flint has been re-appointed for the 2022 season. After a fourth place finish and securing the Top 4 Cup, Jennings and Flint will be joined by Blaine Merredew as an assistant as he is promoted to the State first team from the State Reserve side. Joining the three, is Ben Fairbairn who will be team manager.

Our 2021 Under-18s coaching pair of Adam Buckley and Luke Green has been promoted to the State Reserve side as head coach and assistant respectively. Joining them as an assistant will be Oliver Cunningham.

 

Meanwhile, Sam Ellis moves from our Amateur side assistant coach role as the club’s Under 18s head coach. He will be assisted by Sean Kalaher who returns to the club after a season away.

“A memorable 2021 for the club as we grow from strength to strength but we are looking now towards 2022 and beyond. We would like to thank all the coaches and support staff for thier commitments and their motivation wish them the best for next season,”said JUFC vice-president Ghaz Ramli.

Meanwhile in our NPL Juniors set up JUFC is proud to appoint the following coaches as head coaches for each team.

Trent Pagnozzi will leading the Under-16s side while brothers Matthew Drake and Harry Drake will be head coach and assistant respectively in the Under 15s side.

Fresh from his NPL Juniors Under-13s Division 1 league win, Gary Curran will lead the Under-14s along with assistant Steve Gallagher and team manager Richard Maiden.

For our NPL Under-13s side, JUFC’s long serving junior coach Gary Jackson has been appointed the head coach for the Under 13s side. He will be assisted by the Paul Wallace for the NPL squad and Kevin Towers for the Development side.

Overlooking all football development will be Technical Director, Adam Buckley in his dual role.

State team
Head Coach – Nick Jennings
Assistant Head Coach – Steve Flint
Assistant coach – Blaine Merredew
Team Manager – Ben Fairbain

State Reserves
Head coach – Adam Buckley
Assistants – Luke Green & Oliver Cunningham

State Under 18s
Head coach – Sam Ellis
Assistant  – Sean Kalaher

Team Physiotherapist – Henry Hung
– Kit Wong

Technical Director – Adam Buckley

Under 16s  – Trent Pagnozzi

Under 15s
Head coach – Matt Drake
Assistant  – Harry Drake

Under 14s
Head coach – Gary Curran
Assistant  – Steve Gallagher
Team Manager    – Richard Maiden

Under 13s
Head coach – Gary Jackson
Assistants – Paul Wallace (NPL)
– Kevin Towers (Development)

Junior Technical Director – Tony Taylor

Under 12s – Tony Taylor

Under 11s – Angus Richardson & Lee McGuiness

Under 10s – Jess Neat

Under 9s – Andy Kee & Niall Martin

Under 7s/6s (Clusters/Mini Roos) – Ghaz Ramli

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COVID-19 – JUFC Executive Committee update to members

The Joondalup United Executive Committee would like to update you on the club’s stance following the recent statements from the Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan and the Football West CEO James Curtis.

Firstly we hope you’re all going okay and coping with the ongoing restrictions. We understand how frustrating this has been for everyone, however we are all very fortunate to be living in WA and hopefully we are through the worst of the coronavirus and are now starting to see things gradually return back to normal for us all.

Whilst the current situation may have seen some restrictions lifted, unfortunately, the Premier has not yet relaxed any restrictions for community contact sport (e.g. football, AFL, etc). Therefore we must reiterate at this point we are still not allowed to return to full training, friendlies or games.

During this ban all current bookings with the City of Joondalup have been suspended meaning that all shire grounds and sporting fields and facilities are closed and will not be available to use for clubs until advised by the State Government.

Football West are following guidelines set by Football Federation Australia (FFA) and along with the local Council, are all working in conjunction with advice from the State Government and Health Officials. In turn we are following this advice to ensure the safety of all members.

As things progress we are sure we will see further restrictions lifted and eventually all community sport will be giving the go ahead to return to normal.

Over the coming weeks we will be liaising with Football West to work on the best possible outcome for everyone to continue to play football, in the immediate future, under the proposed guidelines and in a safe environment for all involved.

In the meantime we thank you for your patience and commitment in keeping players engaged whilst the semi-lockdown restrictions have been in place.

If you haven’t been able to watch or access the Premier’s Statement, click here.

The statement from Football West CEO James Curtis can be accessed here.

JUFC add youth and experience to State League squad

Samuel Faulkner and Gary Hill are the latest additions to Joondalup United’s squad for the 2020 Football West State League season.

Youngster Faulkner played most of his youth football with Floreat Athena before spending a season with JUFC’s National Premier League (NPL) 18s.

He then moved on to Sorrento where he was a regular in their NPL 20s squad while also making a number of appearances for their first team.

Veteran centre back Gary Hill brings to the club a wealth of experience having played for Highworth Town and Hungerford Town in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia.

Following spells with Port Darwin and Sydney side Bankstown Berries, he relocated to Western Australia and played for Floreat Athena, Olympic Kingsway and Ashfield Soccer Club.

JUFC are delighted to welcome both players to preseason training and we look forward to seeing them feature in the upcoming Night Series campaign.

JUFC re-sign nine for 2020 State League season

Nine players from Joondalup United’s 2019 Football West State League squad have committed to the club for the upcoming Division One season.

Captain Tony Taylor, who has been at JUFC for the best part of a decade, and vice captain Scott Hoyle are among those coming back for another campaign.

Versatile James Oldroyd, who took out both the Players’ Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year awards for 2019, is another key re-signing for coaches Ian McMurray and Nick Jennings.

The others on board are experienced keeper Alfie Brincat, full back Alex Robertson, the highly talented Jamie Gardiner, midfielders Ben Fairbairn and Conor Dolan and centre back Liam Mooney.

Those nine players join youngsters Callum Speed and Jack Carroll and experienced striker Jamie Gibson in the squad for 2020.

With preseason training underway, more signings will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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.

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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.