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Wealdstone midfielder’s mission is to win promotion

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 26 September 2016

Sam Cox

Sam Cox

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Sam Cox knows the feeling of promotion to the National League – and he says he is on a “mission” to repeat that experience with Wealdstone.

Cox, who signed for the Stones earlier this month, was a member of the Boreham Wood squad that reached the top tier of non-league football in 2015.

And the 25-year-old midfielder sees no reason why Wealdstone – who are currently just outside the play-off positions in the National League South table – cannot feature in the promotion mix this season.

“I came here with a mission to take the club to a higher level and that’s what I want to do,” Cox told the Times.

“There are players in the dressing room that have been there and done it and that always helps, especially when you’ve got younger, talented lads – it’s a case of guiding them.

“You’ve got to keep that passion, that hunger to want to do it again, even if you’ve done it before. I’m still hungry and the other lads are still hungry as well.

“Matty Whichelow and Ricky Wellard are great talents and Elliot Benyon’s 
on fire at the moment. It’s all about consistency and hopefully come the end of the season, we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“There were offers elsewhere in the same division but I just got a feel about the club, the chairman, the gaffer, the fans and the history – I knew there was a good vibe about the place. They really sold it to me.”

Cox, who started out as a youngster at Tottenham and went on to play for Torquay, Barnet and Hayes & Yeading, has found several familiar faces in the Wealdstone dressing-room.

Whichelow is a close friend and former midfield colleague at Boreham Wood, while Benyon and Tom Cadmore were team-mates at Torquay and Hayes respectively.

“Of course that was a factor,” added Cox. “Matty’s a very good friend of mine, although I didn’t actually tell him I was signing for Wealdstone – I kept it really quiet.

I haven’t really had time to train that much because the games have been coming thick and fast, but having not done a proper pre-season with a club, I feel good. On the pitch I want to help shut up the defence and keep it nice and secure and we’ve had three clean sheets in five games since I joined, so I’m enjoying it.”

Cox has also featured at right-back for both club and country – he is a Guyana international and has just been selected for the national team’s Caribbean Cup fixtures next month.

“I feel my natural position is in front of the defence, or a box-to-box midfielder, and I’m fit enough to do those but, when the game suits me at right-back, I love it,” he said. “Playing against a diamond, I love getting up and down the line and I’ve got the engine to do it. In a league game, sometimes it’s a bit scrappy and you don’t get as much of the ball in midfield.

“I’ve made five appearances for my national team and for the last two games, when I was made captain, I’ve been moved into the centre of the park.

“We’ve got Jamaica and then Suriname, so I’m very much looking forward to that. It’s going to be a great experience and hopefully we’ll get through to the next round of the Caribbean Cup.”

Cox played his part in Wealdstone’s FA Cup progress at the weekend as they comfortably saw off Histon 4-0 to reach the third qualifying round.

Benyon fired the Stones into a 16th-minute lead but, although the home side dominated, they could not increase their advantage until Wellard thundered in a 25-yard rocket early in the second half.

Sahr Kabba set up Benyon to tuck in his second of the game before Josh Hutchinson combined with fellow substitute Dylan Williams to complete the scoring in the final minute.

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