Benson-Cooper earns chance to shine in NPL with JUFC

Joondalup United has secured the signing of Jake Benson-Cooper for the 2018 National Premier League (NPL) season.

The 25-year-old has been training with Nick Jennings’ first team squad in recent weeks and has impressed the coaching staff so far.

“Jake is another great addition to our squad, he’s hungry to prove a few people wrong who have questioned whether he’s good enough to play in the NPL,” says JUFC coach Nick Jennings.

“I personally believe in his ability. His attitude and commitment in training over the last few weeks has been spot on and he’s ready to make an impact in season 2018.”

Benson-Cooper has plenty of top flight experience having played at ECU Joondalup for eight years.

In 2016, he made the switch to Quinns FC where he netted 16 goals in the State League, before moving east to spend some time in Sydney.

“I signed for Joondalup United to play a high level of football because I want to test myself,” he says.

“I want to prove my ability and show that I can perform at the highest level in Western Australia.”

Benson-Cooper becomes the tenth player to sign for JUFC ahead of the club’s second campaign in the NPL.

JUFC NPL 2018
  • James Bosdet
  • Anthony Taylor
  • Fraser Garnaut
  • Jay Marsden
  • Johnny Chalmers
  • Matty Sparrow
  • Sam Wynne
  • Alex Wild
  • Elliot Tattersall
  • Jake Benson-Cooper

Midfielder Marsden commits to another season at JUFC

Jay Marsden is the latest player to sign on the dotted line with Joondalup United for the 2018 National Premier League (NPL) season.

The tough tackling central midfielder was an integral part of JUFC’s first team in the club’s debut campaign in the top flight.

“Jay is an experienced central midfielder, he is extremely important to the side with his incredible engine and good technical ability,” says JUFC Head Coach Nick Jennings.

“I am very pleased that he has recommitted to the club for 2018 as he had a number of other clubs chasing his signature.

“However, Jay has remained loyal to JUFC and I look forward to working with him again over the year ahead.”

Marsden, who scored a superb goal in last season’s 3-1 away win over Balcatta, will be an even more important component in the JUFC midfield this season following the departures of Josh Whitmore and Arran Maplestone.

The following players are now confirmed as JUFC players for the 2017 NPL season:

  • James Bosdet
  • Anthony Taylor
  • Fraser Garnaut
  • Jay Marsden
  • Johnny Chalmers
  • Matty Sparrow
  • Sam Wynne
  • Alex Wild
  • Elliot Tattersall

JUFC sign former Perth Glory and Benfica Academy player Garnaut for 2018

Joondalup United boss Nick Jennings has spoken of his delight at securing the signature of defender Fraser Garnaut this week.

The 19-year-old has an excellent pedigree and is very welcome addition to the first team squad for the upcoming National Premier League (NPL) campaign.

“Fraser is a young, athletic left back who is confident and composed on the ball, and whenever I have seen him play he has impressed me immensely,” says Jennings.

“His attitude is absolutely spot on and he is another young player who is looking to learn and develop his game, it’s a great addition as we move forward into season 2018.”

Having come through the junior ranks at ECU Joondalup, Garnaut played with Perth Glory and the National Training Centre (NTC) before moving to Portugal where he spent nine months learning the game at the esteemed Benfica Academy.

On his return to Perth, he re-joined ECU and earned a spot in the Jacks’ NPL first team last season having excelled at 20s level.

“I found the opportunities limited at ECU and decided to move on,” says Garnaut.

“After training with other clubs, I met with Nick and very quickly decided to sign with JUFC.

“I believe that if I fully apply myself in preseason and the matches leading up to the season I will get a chance and then it’s down to me to stay in the side.

“I’m excited by the challenge here and look forward to the year ahead.”

JUFC’s NPL first team squad now comprises of James Bosdet, Fraser Garnaut, Johnny Chalmers, Anthony Taylor, Matty Sparrow, Elliot Tattersall, Alex Wild and Sam Wynne, and another re-signing will be announced in the coming days.

Flint moves into NPL first team coaching role as Reid steps down

Joondalup United is pleased to add Steve Flint to the National Premier League (NPL) first team coaching staff, with Graeme Reid stepping aside due to family and work commitments.

The experienced Flint, who holds an FFA C Licence, coached the JUFC 20s in 2017 and will work alongside Rudy Proctor and Matty Sparrow as assistants to head coach Nick Jennings.

Jennings was keen to thank Reid for all his hard work and support over the past few years as JUFC rose through the ranks of Saturday football.

“Reidy has been a huge part of the success that the club has enjoyed since my appointment as first team coach,” said Jennings.

“He was a crucial part of my management team and begind the scenes he has worked tirelessly.

“I owe him a huge thank you for everything and understand his decision that, due to family and work commitments, he is no longer able to put in the required time to carry out the role of assistant coach.”

Reid will remain with JUFC as the head coach of the Masters Central team, while Blaine Merredew and Stephen McDowall will oversee the NPL 20s in 2018.

Jennings is happy that he was able to find a replacement so close to home, and believes that Flint is a great addition to the coaching staff.

“Luckily, I have a ready made replacement within the club with Steve Flint stepping up from his role with the 20s,” he said.

“I look forward to working closely with Flinty and I welcome him to the NPL staff alongside the legend that is Rudy Proctor and player-coach Matty Sparrow.”

The NPL first team kicked off their preseason training on Tuesday night and will fit in a few more sessions before the Christmas break.

Talented midfielder Wynne signs first senior deal with JUFC

Teenager Sam Wynne will be part of Joondalup United’s first team squad for the National Premier League (NPL) after signing on the dotted line this week.

The midfielder has come through the JUFC 18s and 20s, and made his debut for Nick Jennings’ side towards the end of the last campaign.

Wynne capped off some impressive performances with his first goal against Floreat Athena in August, and Jennings is delighted to have him as part of the senior set up for 2018.

“As a club we are always looking to promote players from within and to give opportunities to those that deserve it,” he said.

“Sam came it the side for the last few games of last season following an impressive year for the 20s.

“Having just turned 18, this all-action midfielder stood up to the challenges of first team football and as a coach it was a no brainer that he would be promoted to the NPL squad for the forthcoming season.”

Wynne picked up the NPL 20s Coach’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up awards at the recent JUFC Presentation Night.

He joins James Bosdet, Anthony Taylor, Alex Wild, Matty Sparrow, Johnny Chalmers and Elliot Tattersall on the list of players who have committed to JUFC for 2018.

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.