Box Hill United’s senior men have acquired the services of NPL1-title winner Christian Rossi, and the goalkeeper is pleased to be part of an environment that fosters development.
Rossi, from Williamstown, finished 2019 with 19 appearances and a third place in the NPL2 West with Werribee City, where he had played since 2017.
From 2014 to 2016, the young shot-stopper enjoyed a fruitful spell with Richmond SC, lifting the 2015 NPL1 East Premiers Plate and the grand final crown as a 19-year-old.
Excited with getting used to his new surroundings through a full pre-season under his belt, Rossi said about his move to Box Hill, “I could not have been received better by the entire team. It looks like they are trying to achieve something, and to develop everyone outside of the field as well, which is great.
“He (head coach Con Karagiannidis) said he wanted to develop everyone both as players and as men, to create something that would hopefully be a winning environment, and at the same time, something that would be like a family. So, I thought it was a great place for me to be.”
The 23-year-old, who has already displayed his promise in training with his composure and reflexes between the posts, is setting his sights to continue learning.
“I had a really strong start, and throughout the [past] year, I was learning heaps as well; as I still do,” he said. “It’s always going to be a competitive environment.”
Rossi also mentored young goalkeepers as part of his coaching duties with Collingwood SC between 2016 and 2017. Passing down his knowledge and inspiring the next generation of glovemen is one facet of his life as a footballer.
“I was lucky enough to have some great leadership and I learned a lot of things both on and off the field from them,” he reasoned.
“I feel that I pass on a favour that was passed on to me. Hopefully, one day, they’ll do the same for the next generation.”