The 22-year old right back/midfielder, has seen a circuitous route via Northern Spirit, Bankstown plus Hitchin Town and Bath (Conference South in England), much of which has brought him a great deal of experience for his tender years.
Captain of the Manly Junior side some years ago he states, not too imaginatively, Ronaldo and Beckham are two players he has admired over the years but then refreshingly adds Ferenc Puskas to the list: ?My parents are Hungarian, although I was born here, so obviously I have heard the tales and seen the footage of Puskas at his best and it was a real eye opener.?
For those who don?t know of Puskas, he was a major part of the ?Magical Magyars? that swept of all Europe before them and defeated England at Wembley, the first time a side had managed the feat, before going on to secure many a success in club football and is a player who can honestly be counted as one of the games greatest.
Strangely enough though Joel is an avid follower of north London side Tottenham Hotspur though one can hardly think why when listing his influences of players past and present?
He sees this year as one of consolidation after returning from the UK to familiar stomping grounds and making a first team spot his own and concentrating on improving his game: ?I have great memories playing here obviously and none better than when coming back to play in the U/18?s.
?We were 15-points off the pace when I returned but the guys managed to put in a huge effort and we finally won the league that year.
?I actually managed to score what I consider to be my most memorable goal during that run with a bicycle kick in our 2-nil win over Blacktown City.
?It?s something I would love to do with the first team squad this year,? he adds with a resilient but cheeky tone.
Korocz has had his fair share of injuries and the biggest disappointment has been suffering them during trials: ?It?s happened once or twice but they are behind me and thanks to the support of my parents, George and Debbie, I?ve come through them and am just concentrating on each game at a time.
?Like everyone else I just want to be the best I can be at whatever I do and first team football is the first step to that in many ways.?
Not given to pre-match superstition, Joel simply like to take his time getting ready, never rushing in the change room it shows in his play as he usually appears to have plenty of time on the ball, something in common with the ?greats? of the game.
A hairdresser in everyday life you would expect he is looking to take quite a few scalps this season, (sorry for the old joke).
-By Micky Brock