Box Hill United’s senior women are pleased to welcome back Hayley Geurts to the squad for season 2020, and the reliable full-back is eager to continue the progress.
Geurts has been a crowd favourite at Wembley Park since her move to the club during 2014-15. Last season, she recorded 24 NPLW appearances and a goal having featured both as a right-back and a striker.
Following her decision to re-join Box Hill's ladies, who will now be coached by Jorge Leon, Geurts said, “I am keen for this season again. It’s going to be different to the last, but just as fun I reckon. I am looking forward to it.
“[I am] adjusting [to] the different coaching staff, to [understand] what their plans are, their views are, and sticking to my basic skills and improving on myself as well as the team.”
Despite a hamstring injury momentarily derailing her season towards the campaign’s end, the former Skye United player impressed with her leadership prowess on and off the pitch last term.
Melbourne-based Geurts led the squad to a fifth-place finish in the NPLW ladder, and a Nike FC Cup runners-up crown.
She had taken over the armband midway through the season, when captain Saphri Lines left the club following a lengthy injury.
The 20-year-old further explained how the added responsibility of captaining the side was a crucial learning curve for her in 2019.
Geurts said, “The girls had been great – it was fun working with them, and taking the captaincy was a different role that I wasn’t used to. But it was one that I was happy to take, and it helped me build my confidence up. I definitely enjoyed it.
“It was very different from having the older figures that I had been used to, instructing me where to go. Now that I had that role, I was the one who could make calls – that was my responsibility.
“Everyone respects everyone, and you respect people’s opinions. You go for what you believe in.”
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