New St Kilda midfielder Maverick Weller has returned from time with Sports Wizard® sports performance coach Mark Edmondson to earn himself a spot on the Club’s list for 2014.
The former Gold Coast Sun had been completing seven boxing sessions a week and working on specific mental skills with former NRL player Edmondson to help ready him for a second AFL chance at Seaford.
Weller, 21, has been one of the standouts on the Saints training track in pre-season and on Wednesday became the club’s fifth mature-age recruit when he was taken pick No.20 in the rookie draft.
Weller, who played 28 games in his first two years at the Suns before being hit by a broken scapula and despite the challenges facing the Saints this season, after losing a core of senior players including Ben McEvoy and Nick Dal Santo, Weller told the Herald Sun he sees a bright future.
“There’s a lot of guys that are my age and under at the club, so it’s a great opportunity for me, after four or five years (AFL) experience, to help start something special with those guys,” Weller said.
The 182cm playmaker said the gruelling boxing training and mental coaching helped refresh his mindset after his time at the Suns finished.
“It has definitely held me in good stead,” he said.
“All the pressure I feel is (put on) by myself. So it’s good having someone there, everyone has mentors to talk to and he (Edmondson) really helped me out.
“I was able to do some good sessions and put some steps in place, which is exciting for me.”
Weller is another success story on a long list of Mark’s peak performance work with professional sporting clientele, which have included Olympic Games and world championship-winning athletes and elite organisations including the Gold Coast Titans (NRL) and the Canberra Capitals (WNBL).
*Quotes and image courtesy of the Herald Sun and Getty Images