Box Hill United senior women’s defender Niamh Griffen has extended her stay at Wembley Park for season 2020, and the youngster recently highlighted a respectful and progress-oriented squad culture.
Griffen, who spent her formative years with Sandringham SC, will be going into her third Box Hill season, after 2019 had resulted in 26 NPLW appearances.
Citing the passion towards success in the current squad, the 18-year-old said, “I am really excited to be back here again. It is a new group of girls and the culture is really exciting to be part of.
“People are working really hard, because we are all trying to build a culture where we equally respect each other and push each other to their best.
“There are a lot of young people who are being mentored by the older players. It is [about] having a culture where we are trying to bond together, and make friendships as well as good professional relationships.”
Although Griffen primarily climbed off the bench on gamedays across Box Hill’s 2019 NPLW and Nike FC Cup campaigns, she impressed with her versatility at both defensive-midfield and right-back.
Reviewing last term’s challenges, the former Bayside United player added, “Personally, last season was a good one and a challenging one in many ways. It had its ups and downs.
“Last year was a lot about finding my place and growing as a player. Now, it is about establishing myself as one of the key players. [I want] to be a strong player and help our team progress.”
With pre-season in full flow under new head coach Jorge Leon, Griffen is keen to hit the heights in the upcoming season.
“It is really exciting moving forward into the new season, to try and progress even more,” she said.
“I am a hard worker. That is what Jorge is looking for, people that are really passionate about the game. I am very eager to improve under [his coaching], and give the intensity that he is looking for this season.”