Box Hill United U/20 boys’ midfield playmaker Nicholas Weller has drawn attention to how new head coach Ein Eric is enhancing the ‘Box Hill style’ within his squad.
Weller was a key cog in the Box Hill U/20s’ midfield last term, making 27 appearances and scoring a goal as the side finished sixth.
With Eric’s stewardship underway for season 2020, the tenacious midfielder expressed his positive initial impressions, “Ein’s coming has been good. He has got us working hard, and we are starting to gel as a team.
“A lot of the boys are new. So, he is trying to build some bonds, which is tough but he is doing a good job at it.
“He is coming from more of a friendship approach, where he is not just a coach but a part of our team as well. He is a great mentor and treats us like professionals.”
The 17-year-old midfielder further explained how Eric is gradually getting his charges to sing from the same hymn sheet, “Getting on to play the Box Hill style is important, and a lot of them are getting used to it. On the field, it is looking solid, playing the Box Hill style.
“He (Eric) is getting us to focus on keeping the ball, and moving it around. But it’s not just that. He is also preparing us for chaos, ensuring that we are ready – if things do go wrong, then we are more prepared [to turn it around].”
Nicholas Weller donning the Box Hill colours in 2019 for our U/20s
(image credit: John Tam, Passion Creations)
Weller’s senior bow for Box Hill arrived in 2019 in the NPL2 Round 21 against Eastern Lions at Wembley Park.
After being with the club for almost a decade and having progressed through the ranks, the youngster recalled the landmark moment fondly.
“I came on with four minutes left. I was excited to get out there. After being here for 10 years, it was a real honour to play for the seniors,” Weller said. “Hopefully, I get some more runs in the seniors this year. That’s definitely what I am looking to do.”