'I embrace it now': Broxham loving life as Victory's handyman
He has been known for years as Melbourne Victory’s ‘Mr. Fix It’ and the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season is proving to be no different for Leigh Broxham.
A midfielder by trade, Broxham has filled a wide range of positions since he joined the club back in the Hyundai A-League’s inaugural season in 2005/06.
Most recently he has taken on the role of central defender for Kevin Muscat’s side and was impressive in denying Sydney FC’s attack during last week’s Big Blue triumph.
And ahead of Saturday's trip to Central Coast Mariners, Broxham said he is happy to play wherever his coach needs him.
“I enjoy playing midfield, outside the diamond … there are probably more thrilling positions than centre back … if there’s nowhere else for me to play I’ll stay there,” Broxham said.
“I’m a footballer - growing up you want to play every game every week… I want to play.
“I’m used to it now, I guess. Some positions are more difficult than others due to the pure physicality of them.
“But I’m happy to do it and do the best job that I can, which has enabled me to play so many games over the years. I embrace it now.”
Victory head to Gosford hoping to keep the pressure on Hyundai A-League pacesetters Perth Glory and are heavy favourites to bring home all three points in their latest clash.
But despite that, the 31-year-old said nothing but a complete performance will result in the desired outcome.
“They [Mariners] were dangerous last week and unlucky, and they won the week before,” he said.
“They’ve got nothing to lose and can play with no stress.
“If we don’t perform at 100 per cent we’ll make the game very difficult for us.”
Victory have had to do without marquee man Keisuke Honda but have still managed to keep on winning to sit second on the ladder.
Broxham said the group was happy with what they had achieved so far in 2019.
“We sat down and spoke about [the month] prior to and identified the games and what we wanted to achieve – and we came pretty close,” he said.
“We weren’t able to rotate a lot of players due to injuries, so the boys had to keep playing and did an amazing job.
“And those that were coming back and coming [into the side] were making big impacts. Yeah, it was tough, but if you judge it on points we did quite well.”