Box Hill United U/16 boys’ striker Greg Siamoa has been thrown into the mix within the senior training set-up in recent days, and the youngster is feeling motivated to step up to the challenge.
Siamoa, brother of former Box Hill player Jordan Siamoa, is into his second season at Wembley Park, having begun his stint last term with the U/15s.
The forward, who previously had youth spells at Nunawading, Richmond and Collingwood, shared his first impressions of joining the senior men in tune-up sessions.
He said, “It’s a big step from U/16s to the seniors. So, it will be challenging to do the same things [at the senior level] that I do with the U/16s. But I still try to work hard and [progress], and do all the things I can for the team, as well as I can.
“I like it – it’s good. It’s challenging, and the tempo is faster. But I think I am adapting well. [It’s about] getting my touch right [as well].
“I was extremely happy when I found out that Con (senior men’s head coach) asked me to train [with the seniors], because I like the challenge. So, it’s good.”
The Malvern-based forward banks on his height as a frontman, and idolises Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford.
With his budding career fast-tracked, the 15-year-old explained the key takeaways from his sessions with the seniors saying, “It’s good to see the difference between the seniors and the U/16s [from a learning perspective]. The culture is a lot [different] than in the U/16s.
“It was a lot faster tempo and I was playing with a lot of the bigger boys. Coming up against bigger centre-backs is hard, and with their experience as well. It was a challenge physically.
“[I learned to] keep my touches limited, not to [dwell] too long on the ball, always scanning and knowing what I am going to do before I get the ball.”
What would the prospect of being involved in the senior matchday squad mean to him at this stage? The young gun is keen to remain patient and focused on adding to his learning curve.
Siamoa reasoned, “It’s a big step between training and playing [at the senior level]. Training, I think, is good enough. But playing is a bonus. It will mean a lot to me. That’s probably the furthest I can go at this point.”