JUFC seeks 20s players for 2018 NPL squad

Ahead of the club’s second season in the National Premier League (NPL), Joondalup United is currently building a strong 20s squad to support its first team.

With preseason training getting underway before Christmas, this is a great opportunity to play at the highest level of football in the state under the guidance of qualified coaches.

Players for all positions, especially goalkeepers, are invited to contact npl@jufc.com.au with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Position
  • 2017 club

Bosdet and Taylor sign new deals to stay at JUFC

Joondalup United is delighted to confirm that James Bosdet and Anthony Taylor will remain with the club for the upcoming season.

Both players have been loyal to JUFC for a number of years and were key components of Coach Nick Jennings’ PlayStation 4 National Premier League (NPL) squad in 2017.

Bosdet has been one of the outstanding goalkeepers in Saturday football in his four seasons to date, while Taylor will make it a decade at JUFC having been with the team since the Sunday League days.

“It’s great to have secured Bozza and Tony this week; both lads are JUFC through and through and would run through a brick wall for the club and their team mates,” said JUFC NPL Operations Manager Rudy Proctor.

“Tony has been at the club for ten seasons and has played for us at every level from Sunday Amateurs to NPL, and his versatility means he has always been a very important player in every squad he has been apart of.

“Last year saw him play a new role at right back and he was outstanding considering he had previously been a forward or winger.”

Bosdet, meanwhile, took on more responsibility last season and stood in as captain when Arran Maplestone and Josh Whitmore were absent.

“Bozza on his day the best keeper in this state and for him the challenge is now to perform to his highest level week in week out in the NPL, in 2018 we will need him to lead by example and win us points every week,” said Proctor.

“He is now in his fifth consecutive season with JUFC and is one of our experienced players now so this will be a big year for him.”

Despite losing some key players to other NPL clubs this offseason, Proctor believes that JUFC will once again be competitive at the top level.

“The NPL first team squad is starting to come together nicely now, the most important thing for us is the JUFC boys that love this club are signing on for 2018,” he said.

“It looks like three teams are going to be relegated we need to make sure all players in our squad are up for a battle and will be there for each other in what is no doubt going to tough NPL in 2018.”

Bosdet and Taylor join Alex Wild, Matty Sparrow, Johnny Chalmers and Elliot Tattersall in the JUFC first team squad with more signings to come.

Whitmore claims top honours at JUFC Awards Night

Josh Whitmore has been rewarded for a superb 2017 season with the top two individual trophies at the 2017 Joondalup United Awards Night.

The all action midfielder was voted the Players’ Player of the Year and the Coach’s Player of the Year for his performances in the PlayStation 4 National Premier League (NPL).

Centre back Ross Edwards was another integral part of Nick Jennings’ first team squad, and he claimed the runner up Players’ Player of the Year trophy.

For the 20s, James Bruce took out the Players’ Player of the Year category, ahead of Sam Wynne who was the Coach’s Player of the Year.

Jordan Bertolini was the winner of the two 18s awards, pipping Josh Hart in the players’ vote.

There were two worthy winners of the Clubman of the Year awards, as Rudy Proctor claimed top prize and Michael Burgess took out the Masters category.

A full list of the winners is below, and you can view the official photos, as captured by Fotoenzo, on our Facebook page.

NPL First Team

Players’ Player of the Year – Josh Whitmore

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Ross Edwards

Coach’s Player of the Year – Josh Whitmore

NPL 20s

Players’ Player of the Year – James Bruce

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Sam Wynne

Coach’s Player of the Year – Sam Wynne

NPL 18s

Players’ Player of the Year – Jordan Bertolini

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Josh Hart

Coach’s Player of the Year – Jordan Bertolini

Amateur Division One First Team

Players’ Player of the Year – Ognjen Kotur

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Andreas Bouzinekis

Coach’s Player of the Year – James Green

Amateur Division One Reserves

Players’ Player of the Year – Taylor Cooper

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Chris Boyle

Coach’s Player of the Year – James Spurry

Amateur Division Four First Team

Players’ Player of the Year – Declan Kerrigan

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Fezz Ahmadi

Coach’s Player of the Year – Julien Etiennette

Amateur Division Four Reserves

Players’ Player of the Year – Luke Sims

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Sean McBride

Coach’s Player of the Year – Jay McKenzie

Masters Central Division

Players’ Player of the Year – Andrew Burrell

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Gary Andrews

Coach’s Player of the Year – Gary Andrews

Masters Division One

Players’ Player of the Year – Danny Middleton

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Ian Devlin

Coach’s Player of the Year – Mark Terry

Masters Division Three

Players’ Player of the Year – Anthony Hall

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Andy Jennings

Coach’s Player of the Year – Jamie McIntyre

Masters Over 45s

Players’ Player of the Year – Paul Gillet

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Michael Burgess

Coach’s Player of the Year – Paul Gillet

Clubman of the Year

Rudy Proctor

Clubman of the Year (Masters)

Michael Burgess

Wild commits to JUFC for 2018 NPL campaign

Striker Alex Wild will play a second PS4 National Premier League (NPL) season in Joondalup United colours having re-signed with the club this weekend.

The 21-year-old scored five times in 16 appearances for JUFC last time round and will be hoping to better that in 2018.

“Alex is a hard working centre forward who is fully committed to JUFC and was keen to sign on early to display his loyalty to the club,” said JUFC coach Nick Jennings.

“His work ethic is second to none and last season he scored a number of crucial goals for us.

“He’s still very young and learning the game, I can see him making an impact in the forthcoming season; he’s a real handful for defenders and they certainly know they’ve been in a game whenever they come across our Boy Wonder!”

Wild began his senior career with JUFC in the Amateur League before making the switch to Bayswater City where he captained their 20s side to the Cool Ridge Reserves Cup title.

Having also played for Baysie’s first team on a number of occasions, Wild returned to JUFC for the club’s inaugural NPL season.

Wild joins new signings Johnny Chalmers and Elliot Tattersall in the first team squad ahead of preseason training.

JUFC welcomes young gun Tattersall for 2018

Joondalup United’s preparations for the 2018 PS4 National Premier League (NPL) season continued this week with the signing of hot prospect Elliot Tattersall.

The 19-year-old moves to JUFC from Perth Soccer Club where he was an integral part of their title-winning 20s side in 2017.

JUFC coach Nick Jennings expressed his delight at picking up a player who had attracted interest from other NPL clubs.

“Elliot is an exciting young prospect whom a number of NPL teams where chasing, so I’m delighted to have secured his signature for the 2018 season,” said Jennings.

“He was a standout last year in the Perth 20s team that lifted the league crown and featured on a number of occasion in their first team squad.

“A technical, attacking left sided player, he is a great addition for JUFC as we move forward into our second year in the NPL.”

Having put pen to paper on a deal to move to the northern suburbs, Tattersall said that the chance to play first team football was too good to turn down.

“Nick and I talked about possible opportunities and I trusted him; if I work hard and show promise those opportunities will come,” he said.

“I hope to play a good year of first team football with JUFC and contribute to the club as best I can so that, as a team, we can have a successful and enjoyable season.”

The former Balcatta and Sorrento man is sure to excite JUFC supporters next season with his attack-minded attitude, as well as pace and flare in the final third.

Chalmers returns to JUFC for 2018 NPL WA season

Joondalup United is delighted to confirm the re-signing of Johnny Chalmers ahead of the 2018 NPLWA season.

Having won the State League as a JUFC player in 2016, Chalmers made it back-to-back titles with Western Knights last season.

He was a crucial member of the Knights side that beat Sorrento to claim the 2017 State Cup.

Chalmers’ stint at the Knights also included an FFA Cup tie against Gold Coast City FC which was a great experience for the 23-year-old.

“Getting Johnny back to club is a great coup, he is a great lad that all the boys and supporters love and with his ability and tensity he deserves to be playing at the highest level of football in WA,” said JUFC NPL Operations Manager Rudy Proctor.

“With a few new signings getting very close we are really looking forward to getting the lads back in for pre-season and improving on last year’s efforts in the NPL.”

A ball-playing midfielder who can also play in defence, Chalmers will be a huge asset to JUFC in the upcoming campaign.

In other club news, it is with great sadness that we announce the departures of club captain Arran Maplestone and vice-captain Josh Whitmore.

Both players have been fantastic servants to JUFC in their time at the club, helping us to rise to the highest level of football in the state.

Unfortunately JUFC is unable to compete financially with other clubs in the NPL and we support the decision made by both to pursue other opportunities.

Keep an eye out for more JUFC signings in the coming weeks.

JUFC NPL Coaching Structure 2018

We are delighted to confirm the following coaching set up for the 2018 PlayStation 4 National Premier League (NPL) season.

First Team

Head Coach – Nick Jennings
Player/Coach – Matty Sparrow
Assistant Coach – Rudy Proctor
Assistant Coach – Graeme Reid
Goalkeeping Coach – Joel Driscoll
Team Manager – Aaron Bell

20s

Head Coach – Steve Flint
Assistant Coach – Stephen McDowall
Assistant Coach – Blaine Merredew

18s

Head Coach – Gary Rawling
Assistant Coach – Mick Hunter

Technical Director

Ian Munro

Best of luck to all of the above as the club prepares for its second season at the top level.