Box Hill United have rubberstamped goalkeeper Christian Pavlidis for the 2019 NPL2 season, and the towering custodian is enjoying the reunion with our senior men’s squad.
Pavlidis gave a good account of his abilities as a youngster with Box Hill for almost four years, eventually leaving Wembley Park for Heidelberg United when he was 18.
The 22-year-old learned the ropes of the trade initially with Doncaster before joining Box Hill’s youth team for his first stint.
He established himself as the number two at Heidelberg and finished with two title-laden seasons. In 2017, Pavlidis won the Dockerty Cup with them, and finished as runners-up a year later in the same competition.
Moreover, 2018’s crowning glory arrived in the form of a 2-1 NPL grand final win over Avondale, as well as a 4-1 FFV Community Shield triumph against Bentleigh Greens.
Having begun his second spell with Box Hill, Pavlidis said, “It’s good to be back. I came through the ranks here [at Box Hill] as a junior and progressed to the senior squad. I started playing in the under-16s, and worked my way up the under-18s, and to the senior squad as well.”
Pavlidis had his brother Alexander to idolise as a teenager, with the latter formerly donning the gloves for Box Hill as well.
Acknowledging the positive learning experience while deputising for his sibling between the sticks in same club colours, Pavlidis said, “It definitely helped. It was obviously good to work with him. When I was here (Box Hill), he was the first-choice goalkeeper [back then]. Initially, he started off as a forward!”
Now into the 2019 pre-season tune-up, the young shot-stopper is keen to showcase his maturity, and said, “Definitely, [I am] gaining more confidence [in pre-season]. It’s good to see the club and the coaches have more belief in my abilities for the first-team goalkeeper position, of course being younger. I am looking forward to seeing what the season [brings].
“Pre-season, I have tried to assert a bit more dominance [in goal], trying to show that I am able to be that ‘senior figure’. I am trying to assert my confidence and dominance in the backline to help keep everything organised and structured.”