Box Hill United’s senior women have added to their defensive roster promising full-back Paige Pinson, who is now keen to add to her growing reputation.
Pinson, 19, had risen through the ranks at hometown club Moama Echuca Border Raiders before flourishing in the NPLW with South Melbourne.
Sharing positive initial impressions in a new club environment, she said, “All the girls are lovely, they have welcomed me really well. I never felt like I was on the outside. They have put the effort in to include me, so that’s a bonus.”
Pinson further cited the impact of Box Hill ladies’ head coach Jorge Leon on her footballing development as a key factor, from the duo’s time at South Melbourne in recent years.
“I thought it was time for a change. Jorge is a great coach. He helped me develop so much through the U/19s and got me playing seniors by the end at South Melbourne,” she said. “He’s offered me a senior spot here, he knows what I am like, and he makes me work harder.”
Besides bagging the 2018 NPLW U/19s’ title with South, Pinson made 13 senior appearances last year, in addition to 17 hit-outs and a goal with the U/19s.
Reviewing the season gone by, Pinson said, “It was a good year for me, and overall, I was pretty happy and excited to score a goal too. It doesn’t happen too often. I usually set them up, so it was nice to get one.
“My goal [for 2019] was to play senior football and I got signed with the seniors at the end of the year. I went above and beyond my goal. So now, I am going to set some more, and try and reach those.”
The ambipedal and vocal defender, who banks on her reading of the game from the backline, is eager to continue learning.
She said, “I am working on my core fitness and strength in general. More importantly, it’s always best to work on your first touch, passing and making sure those simple things are spot on, and being consistent.
“More than anything, I want to be a working team member, participate, do my best and not let down the team.”
The young gun also spoke about her drive to succeed while playing the world game. Pinson said, “I want to go as far as I can with my football. I play it because I love it, [and] because I am enjoying it. [My family] have always supported me, and if I said I wanted to stop, they’d support me in that too.
“But I know I feel like it’s something that I have always been passionate about, something I have always wanted to achieve. I just want to keep pursuing that, and try and make a career out of it as much as I can.”