Talented young midfielder Jeremy Vun has inked a deal with Box Hill United senior men’s side ahead of the 2019 NPL2 season, and said he is looking forward to stepping up the ranks at Wembley Park.
The 19-year-old had two stunning seasons with Pascoe Vale in 2017 and 2018, captaining their under-20s side to the NPL crown last year, and being adjudged the club’s Players’ Player of the Year (under-20s).
Vun cut his teeth into football at only 7, joining the Sunshine George Cross youth set-up, and went on to spend 11 years there before moving for pastures anew at the CB Smith Reserve.
Preparing for his first season with Box Hill, the young gun is committed to take the next step. He said, “I am feeling great. I have been playing under-20s for about four years, now it’s a big step to go into the seniors. I know these two coaches, and what they’ll bring to this club.
“It’s going to be tough, because it’s my first year. There are a lot of experienced boys and I am trying to learn from the [senior] boys.”
Describing his reasons for joining Box Hill, he said, “The two coaches [made me decide to join Box Hill]. I have been with Con (Karagiannidis – Box Hill United senior men’s head coach) for two years, and I have known him for four. I was with Michael (Calandrella – senior men’s assistant coach) the last year at Pascoe Vale.
“They are really good coaches. They know what they want and bring the best out of each player.
“The way they like their players to play is to have courage on the ball, enjoy keeping the ball and try to create as many goal scoring opportunities we can, but also know that you need to be prepared to work very hard when we don’t have the ball. “
Vun, who idolises Spanish international and Real Madrid midfield dynamo Isco, looked back at his exploits with Pascoe Vale saying, “Personally, I hadn’t won anything back then – it was my first time. I felt it was a good experience for me.
“There were a lot of younger boys last year, and I was one of the older boys [in the squad]. So, it was my role to help the younger players adapt and play the way the coach wanted to play.”