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.