Petterson gets Jacks jumping

The Joondalup Jacks are looking forward to learning from the EPL experience of Andy Petterson.
The Joondalup Jacks are looking forward to learning from the EPL experience of Andy Petterson.

Petterson, who became WA’s first EPL player while on loan to Ipswich Town from Luton Town in 1993, has been named ECU’s technical director after five years as a specialist coach at the club’s youth academy.

The Fremantle-born sportsman is backed by a 16-year professional career in England as well as a player-coach role at A-League club Newcastle United in 2005-06.

Petterson was confident he had the knowledge to make an impact from junior level through to the Jacks’ State Premier League side, which is struggling at the bottom of the table.

‘ECU Joondalup has some great facilities and very experienced coaches, who have all played at some of the highest levels, and all who want to work with our young players and develop their game here,’ he said.

Club president Steve Wheatley heralded his new technical director’s experience, which included EPL stints at Charlton Athletic and West Bromwich Albion.

He referred to the Jacks’ strong history of producing professional footballers, citing current pros such as Middlesborough captain Rhys Williams and Perth Glory player Josh Risdon.

‘Andy, with the broader coaching staff, will further improve our coaching program and provide a stronger platform for the development of the game in Western Australia,’ he said.

Petterson holds an Asian Football Confederation C Coaching Licence with an eye on a B Licence for 2013-14.