Versatile midfielder Benjamin Osei-Safo has signed with Box Hill United’s senior men for season 2020, and he expressed his delight at having returned to his old stomping ground.
Osei-Safo spent season 2016/17 at Wembley Park, registering 28 league appearances and six goals. He has also had previous stints at Moreland City, Kingston City, and Richmond SC – among other clubs in the state.
Last year, the midfielder jetted out to Europe, signing for Finnish outfit Sporting Kristina in the Kolmonen rung of the nation’s football tier.
Now back to Australian shores, the 27-year-old is looking to make a mark with Box Hill once more.
He said about the reunion, “[I am] really happy to be back. [It’s] a club that I hold close to my heart. I have been here as a junior as well.
“[It’s about] the set-up and how professional it is, [and] the great people behind the scenes. They are very welcoming. It was a no-brainer for me to come back.
“A lot of the same people are still around. It’s pretty seamless to transition, coming back.”
Fresh from his travels to Finland, the Doncaster-based midfielder explained how the football experience overseas was beneficial.
“It was a good life experience. Overall, I enjoyed every bit of it. It was good to get away, try something different, live in a different environment and culture,” the former Croydon Arrows player said.
“Mostly, the training – they do it differently there. There were a lot of mid-week games, and games on the weekend. So, sometimes you are playing two-three games a week.
“Maintaining your fitness, taking care of your body – that was probably the main thing for me. I have had some injuries in the past. But this year, I didn’t miss a game at all.”
Osei-Safo, who likes to operate both as a wide player and a central midfielder, is now aiming to step up as a senior figure in Box Hill colours.
He said about sharing his prior experience of learning Box Hill’s values, “Hopefully, I can take on a bit more leadership role this year, and give back, with the new and the younger guys coming in.
“[It’s about knowing] the standard set here at the club, and what we expect of everyone. And obviously, what I expect from myself and the coaching staff expects from me.”