Exciting attacking player Delarno Pharoe has signed on the dotted line for Box Hill United for the 2019 NPL2 season and is looking forward to a ‘big season’ ahead.
Pharoe made his rendezvous at Wembley Park from Springvale White Eagles, and describes himself as a versatile wideman, comfortable playing on either side of the park.
Recognising the interest shown in his football prowess by head coach Con Karagiannidis and the United backroom, Pharoe said, “For me as a player, I needed to go somewhere where it would better me ability-wise – both mentally and physically. This season is big for me, and with it, I feel I’ll be able to go higher in terms of leagues.
“It’s still early days, but it’s a good bunch of boys here. We have got a good blend of new and experienced players. I feel it’s a good step in the right direction for the club to have a better result than in the past season.”
He added, “With the philosophy Con is bringing, he likes a high-pressing forward line. I feel with my speed and work rate, I’ll be able to cement a position in the team, but also help the team get the results.”
The 20-year-old burst into the NPL scene with a three-year stay at Oakleigh Cannons, following which he had a brief spell with St Kilda in the state leagues before moving to Springvale. He believes this journey has benefitted him immensely and is thankful for all the guidance and opportunities he received to flourish.
Well into the pre-season training at United, Pharoe is determined to add more to his skillset, and said, “In terms of assists, team play and work rate, those are my characteristics that I bring to the team. Based on my performances last year, I need to contribute more on the scoring side of the game.”
Hailing the efforts of senior United players in helping him at training, the youngster said, “Experienced players always bring knowledge to your game. It’s still early days, we’re still getting to know each other’s playing style. But I’m sure throughout the season they’ll pass on knowledge with their experience and leadership.”