Box Hill United have rubber-stamped driven centre-back Mia Lantieri-Bartley from Senior NTC for the 2019 NPLW season, and the youngster is raring to come out of the traps and make an impact.
Lantieri-Bartley, who turns 18 this December, flourished during a four year-stay with NTC and attracted attention with her composure and determination at the heart of the rearguard.
Excited about getting her first year at Box Hill off to a flying start, the young defender said, “I am loving the culture here so far, and I am keen to get out there [on the field] this season.
“The standards and the expectations here are a lot higher, and everything is faster, which I like. There is more competitiveness too, which suits me. It’s wholly another playing field. I am not as sheltered; out there I have to prove myself. But pressure’s a privilege and it feels good.”
Lantieri-Bartley started out with the Brunswick Zebras before moving to NTC, where her football journey took off promisingly. She said about her time at NTC, “I am definitely a different player [now] to when I started the programme. I could barely dribble a ball around cones. My confidence too, is a lot better. Skill-wise, I am a completely different player.
“It gave me an idea of the level I need to be at, obviously being young and coming up against girls ten years older. It set me up and motivated me to get to that standard.”
Into the pre-season training at Box Hill under head coach Brian Roberts, she is concentrating on sharpening her skills and said, “[I am focusing on] getting my skills a bit tidier, my first touch and passing. Brian’s been helping us with the kind of [playing] style he wants us to do. I need to tailor my skills to this style of play.”
Looking down the line, the defender said, “I really want to set a name for myself in senior NPLW. I want to start getting more recognition, and play for this club, and put everything I can into it.”