Former West Ham defender is making himself heard at Wealdstone
PUBLISHED: 07:36 23 July 2015
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He may be a newbie but Wealdstone’s Joshua Urquhart is no shrinking violet.
The former West Ham and Northampton Town youngster has wasted no time making his presence felt at Grosvenor Vale since his summer arrival from Harlow, barking instructions at team-mates in Saturday’s 2-0 pre-season defeat to Dover at sufficient decibel level to suggest he may have missed a calling as a drill sergeant.
He insists that was never a consideration, but admits he is naturally loud.
And he has every intention of using his vocal chords to the full in the interests of organisation in the Stones’ ranks, whoever might be on the receiving end.
He said: “I’m a loud person – I like to dictate and I like to tell people things whether they are 18 or 28. It does not matter to me as long as we are solid as a unit.
“Communication is one of the most important things in football. If you don’t have that you can’t help each other out.
“If you talk to players and help them get in the right position, then they are one step nearer or higher up the pitch to making that challenge or that pass.
“We are a very quiet side so we need someone who is going to get out there and dictate and if that’s me it’s me.”
Urquhart’s verbal commands came from centre-back against the Whites, having played central midfield seven days earlier against League Two Stevenage.
The latter position used to be the norm until an emergency situation at Northampton Town saw him put back from the boiler room to plug a gap in central defence. He claims to be equally comfortable at right or left-back too.
With Tom Hamblin, Wes Parker and another new recruit, Tom Cadmore, also pushing for a spot at the heart of the defence, the one-time Chelsea trialist is banking on his utility tag to get him plenty of starts in his first season with Gordon Bartlett’s side.
“Hopefully, touch wood, my versatility will help me,” he said. “Football is everything, so whatever shirt I get from one to 11 I’ll be happy to play there.”
Football is definitely in the family genes, with Urquhart’s passion for the game sparked by his dad, who he watched play semi-pro from the terraces from as young as four.
Every spare weekend minute was spent kicking a ball in the park as the national game became his all-consuming passion.
The Hammers were the first to spot his talent, before the scholarship with Northampton and then a spell north of the border with St Johnstone.
Spells with St Albans in the Southern League and Harlow in Ryman One North followed in more recent years, but when Bartlett came calling this summer, Urquhart took little persuading that it was time to challenge himself again.
“I just thought I needed a step up. The league I was playing in was not too easy, but it was not challenging enough,” he continued.
“The project Gordon told me about was an exciting challenge for me and I wanted to progress my football.”
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