Ahead of her first Box Hill United spell, senior women’s centre-back Natasha Dakic said she is ready for a fresh challenge.
Signed from Southern United for the 2019 NPLW season, the 19-year-old is now strongly determined to vie for a regular first-team reckoning.
Speaking to Box Hill media, Dakic said, “I am really excited to be part of the club. It’s going to be a new challenge [for me], a step up from where I was previously. I am looking forward to working with Brian (head coach) and a new bunch of girls.”
Describing her first impressions of Box Hill’s women’s set-up, the talented defender added, “They are bringing in a lot of new things that they did not have previously, and from what Brian’s been telling me, I am really excited to see what it’s going to be. They are going to be putting a lot more emphasis on the women’s team, like in terms of media and such, and that’s going to be an exciting addition.”
The youngster also spoke highly of the Brian Roberts-Sam Mlynarz coaching partnership, who guided Box Hill to the Team App Cup final last term, “They work really well together and balance each other out. Our team is balanced with young and experienced players. That’s good, because personally for myself, having experienced players, you can develop and learn off them.”
Dakic spent three seasons with Southern – captaining the side in 2018 – and feels the stint was beneficial in understanding the rigours of regular first-team football. She reasoned, “When I was starting in the NPLW, I was the youngest player in the team. In the third year, when I was captain, I had to step up, because I was never really a loud player. That was a challenge for me.”
She further considers being part of the Victorian Senior NTC squad (2015) and the FFV Talented Player program (2012-14) a personal milestone, and said, “Playing for the state team was a big achievement for myself. It was a really good set-up to be part of – it set a level of professionalism.”
Equally adept at playing both defensive-midfield and centre-back, Dakic said about her strength, “I am a very simple player, I don’t like to complicate things [in defence]. So hopefully, my simplicity in the game will help the team.”