Box Hill United senior men’s tireless forward Isaiah Joseph highlighted how a strong competition in the side’s attacking ranks boosted his motivation to pin down a regular matchday spot.
Joseph, who arrived from Springvale White Eagles to Wembley Park at the start of the 2019 season, has forged a strong reputation through his gutsy displays and versatility as a creative player here.
With 25 league appearances and three goals this term so far, the left-footed attacking player has excelled both as a winger and a withdrawn forward when called into service.
Joseph is one of the five forward players within the current Box Hill squad, alongside Jamie Mammino, Rowan McNamee, Delarno Pharoe and Jacob Byrns. The quintet has bagged 18 goals thus far in the NPL2 campaign between them.
Therefore, with a close rivalry for a starting-XI reckoning, Joseph has been determined more than ever to put his best foot forward at every opportunity in new club colours.
The former Dandenong Thunder frontman said, “Having good players in your position, having competition in your position, really forces you to keep on your toes and train hard in every session, and perform in games as well.
“When you get the opportunity, you have to give everything you have got, especially knowing that if you have a good player – like we do in our forward line – ready to take your spot if you don’t perform, it really keeps you on your toes and makes you want to give your best every week.”
Looking back at his first season with Box Hill, the 22-year-old further revealed how adapting to a different playing style has added to his repertoire.
He said, “Coming here, the style of football has been really good. I like the [high-intensity] style of football we have played. It’s been really enjoyable to play with this group, and especially becoming closer as a group in the second-half of the season.
“Work-rate off the ball – it’s definitely something that I have added to my game, [which] I have improved since coming here. And even playing through some tough periods during the year, when the results might not have gone our way – you go on as a player from that.”
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