Young defender Theodore Aresti has swapped Pascoe Vale FC for Box Hill United for the 2019 NPL2 season and hailed how his new side has welcomed him to the fold.
Aresti joined Pascoe Vale in 2016 and was involved with their under-20s as well as the senior side. He made his first-team bow in 2017 and further bagged the under-20s ‘Best and Fairest’ award last term.
The youngster is now relishing the competition in the United ranks during pre-season training, and said, “Pre-season’s always going to be hard but it’s good getting back into it, trying to get fit.
“It’s a good competition – you fight for your spot and the teammates are always good. If you have good teammates and team chemistry, you are always going to play good [football] together. Hopefully, we can bond quickly and start the season off well.”
Speaking about his objectives this time around, the 18-year-old said, “Personally, I’d like to get fit [during the pre-season] and get to know the boys a lot better. Hopefully we do that and should have a good season.
“[In the long-run] as a centre-back, I’d like to keep a lot of clean sheets, and don’t want to concede many goals. If I can do that for the team, it will be for the best.”
Aresti was a youth player with Sunshine George Cross, starting out with the under-15s before progressing to the under-20s. Then came the switch to Pascoe Vale in 2016, ultimately culminating in the ‘Best and Fairest’ award and a senior debut.
Reminiscing about the recognition, he said, “It’s always good to get Best and Fairest, but it’s a team effort really, when you think about it. It gets you a look into the senior [set-up].”
Aresti is a former pupil of United’s senior head coach Con Karagiannidis and assistant coach Michael Calandrella, who were also at Pascoe Vale in 2018.
Describing their impact on his development, the former Georgies’ defender said, “[Having a few familiar faces is helping] for sure. They are probably the main reason as why I decided to come down [to Box Hill], because I know they are good coaches, and have good plans and tactics.
“In the pre-season, everyone is getting sharper and better. He (Michael) is a good coach. You can get to know him, you can laugh with him during training. But when it’s serious, it’s serious.”