Midfielder-turned-full-back George Voliotis has joined the Box Hill United senior men’s squad midway through the 2019 NPL2 season, and the youngster spoke about fitting in straight away.
Voliotis, 22, had been with Richmond SC for five years prior to making the switch to Wembley Park, and debuted with us against Brunswick City in Round 15.
Sharing his initial impressions, Voliotis said the prospect of more first-team minutes was a key criterion for his decision. “It’s a good club and a good set-up. I am enjoying [training] with the boys and the coaching staff here in a professional set-up. So, [I am] taking it on for the rest of the season,” he said.
“It was a good opportunity to come down to Box Hill – to get [more] game time, to play at a higher level. I know most of the boys here. It’s closer to home, so that helps. It was a no-brainer for me.”
Box Hill’s latest recruit had played his youth football at South Melbourne before going on to make his senior debut in fine fashion with Richmond in 2015 – a 4-1 win against Dandenong City in which he scored two minutes after climbing off the bench in the second-half.
A versatile defender who does not shy away from putting in the hard yards, Voliotis drew attention to his motivation to quickly slot into the scheme of things within days of joining the squad.
He said, “It was welcoming from the boys, so that helped. I have been in NPL2 [for some time now] and I know what it’s like. So, I had to settle in and adapt quickly, which is part of a mid-season transfer. I have never transferred to a club [during] mid-season [before], but it worked out.
“It was good, adapting to [the high-intensity style at Box Hill]. I feel like it fits me as a player – that’s the main thing really.”
Voliotis is enjoying the competition for a regular spot within the Box Hill defensive ranks, and said, “All boys can have a chance to get into the starting-XI. It helps you as a player when you compete with other players. It pushes you as a player to the limits. It helps if I can play that role, and it’s a team’s collective effort.”