As Melbourne Victory’s games record holder, the versatile veteran, Leigh Broxham, has experienced just about every emotion professional sport can throw up.
The one constant? Winning makes for a happy dressing room.
“You don’t need me to tell you that,” Broxham said with a smile on Wednesday.
“With three wins in a row it’s easy to feel great. After a few [early] loses the morale was still good, but it’s amazing what a win – let alone three of them – can do for that morale.”
Broxham and his teammates were tested by defeats to Melbourne City and Perth Glory in the opening two rounds of the Hyundai A-League, but never lost faith what they were trying to achieve.
“There’s been a lot of change from last year to this year. Formation, tactics and personnel… so it took a little bit of time [to gel] and execute what Kevin wanted us to do.
“But as you can see, and we can feel, it’s starting to click.”
Whilst a three match winning streak has propelled the boys in blue to second on the table, Broxham, his teammates and their boss know they can improve.
“Measuring [our start] against last year, I don’t think we won until Round 7 so it’s definitely better.
“There are always things to work on. To critique things now [when winning] is a good time to learn.
“We met this morning and Kevin pointed out things that can be better for longer, which was fair.”
The 30-year-old is known for his adaptability and is more than happy to play when and where needed, though it can cause confusion from time to time.
“I was playing centre back in pre-season and outside a midfield diamond recently, if it means I get to play I’m not going to complain.
“When I go over the set pieces before a game and I don’t know where to look because I’m not sure where [I’ll play] when I come on!”