Box Hill United’s senior women are pleased to announce the return of midfield starlet Laura Pickett for season 2020.
Pickett, now into her fifth year at Wembley Park, was promoted to the senior squad in 2019, debuting against Alamein FC in the NPLW Round 13.
The youngster made an instant impact, ultimately bagging 11 senior appearances and a further 22 with the U/19s, including a goal.
Someone who is not shy of putting in the hard yards at the heart of the midfield, Pickett also featured prominently in the seniors’ Nike FC Cup runners-up campaign.
Pleased with the intensity of a new pre-season with the seniors, she said, “It’s a good environment and it’s good to be back.
“Everyone is training [at] their best, [to] prove themselves, show what they are made of, and improve, most importantly, for the new season.”
Keen to add to her progress from 2019, the 16-year-old added, “It was a really good opportunity for me to get important senior minutes and experience. But there’s still a lot to build on it, now that I have had my settling-in and transition period.
“Now that I know what it’s like, it’s good that I can draw on that experience from last season. It’s time to get really serious.”
Pickett travelled to China with Box Hill’s U/16 girls last August, where the team finished third in the Gothia Cup.
Explaining the learnings from an international exposure, she said, “It’s a lot more pressure. So, you have to get your mentality right before the game, and make sure you keep on performing under that stress. That was a good lesson for me to mature as a young player.”
The former Boroondara Eagles youth player further expressed her motivation to be a role model for other youngsters at Box Hill, who are aiming for a first-team spot.
Pickett said, “I know a lot of the U/19s, so I can talk to them more as a friend, drawing on my experiences from last season.
“Hopefully, that can give them confidence. That can be them too, this season, jumping up into the seniors if they are needed and prove themselves into the seniors.”
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