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.

McMurray to join JUFC State League coaching staff for 2020

Joondalup United is pleased to announce that Ian McMurray will be part of the club’s Football West State League coaching set up for the 2020 season.

McMurray will join Nick Jennings and Steve Flint to oversee the first team, with the aim to improve on the last campaign’s ninth place finish.

“I am extremely happy to be coming on board to coach the boys next year,” said McMurray.

“We finished the season strongly and although our league position wasn’t great, we put in some strong performances through the year.

“We know where we let ourselves down last year and we will be working hard to improve us individually and collectively so we will be stronger come next season.”

McMurray brings a wealth of experience to the coaching group, and he was part of the JUFC State League playing group in 2019.

Originally from Scotland, McMurray played with Dunfermline Athletic and had spells at local sides Linlithgow, Dunipace, Fauldhouse and Shotts before relocating to Western Australia.

He scored goals at ECU Joondalup, Perth SC, Cockburn City, Floreat Athena and Subiaco AFC before beginning his coaching career with Subiaco’s 18s where he oversaw a State Cup triumph.

McMurray was appointed as first team coach and oversaw the club’s inaugural National Premier League (NPL) season in 2017 before moving to JUFC this year.

“With all last season’s players keen to remain with us, we are also looking to add more quality to the squad,” he said.

“As well as that, we will be looking at the younger players coming through and any who standout will be given their opportunity at the higher level, but only if they are performing and showing they have the right attitude to step up.

“I am really looking forward to starting preseason strongly and getting us ready for the league.”

Meanwhile, Blaine Merredew and Sean Spence will continue as the reserves team coach and assistant coach having come close to winning the title last season and finishing second overall.

The club’s Technical Director Troy Reid will oversee the State League 18s, with Gary Crawford in the assistant’s role.

Full details of preseason training for all senior State League teams will be posted on the club website and social media channels in the coming weeks.

JUFC youngsters shine during 2019 State League season

Joondalup United has continued its commitment to developing young talent throughout the 2019 Football West State League season.

Opportunities have been given to National Premier League (NPL) Juniors perform at a higher level, with Liam Whittaker making his first team debut at just 17 years of age against title winners Gwelup Croatia.

Three more 17-year-olds – Jared Lee, Matt Drake and Aidjouma Sow – have been part of Blaine Merredew’s reserve side that finished second after a fantastic season.

The 18s, meanwhile, has served as a gateway for players aiming to make the step up to senior level.

Luke Crawford (15) started the year in the NPL 15s before moving into 16s, and then the 18s less than a month later.

He has started nearly a dozen games and scored one goal.

Jude Baillie, also 15, was playing up an age group in the 16s and has now got eight 18s games to his name.

Another 15-year-old, Jakub Dubert is another who came through the 16s and is now established as the first choice left back for the 18s.

Dubert netted the match winning goal against Morley Windmills a few weeks ago.

NPL 16 and 15s squad members – Huey Woods, Brad Hilton, Brendon Brassington, Julien Bian and Logan Smith are others who have featured for Troy Reid’s 18s.

Trial registration is now open for the 2020 season and all interested parties can fill out an expression of interest form via our website.

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.