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Fear of Failure #6

Fear of Failure #6

 Newsletter #6 After getting relegated and not having any other options in Europe I decided to come back to Australia and sign for Melbourne City on loan. In my head all I was thinking about was scoring 8-10 goals and getting a move straight back to Europe! Pre season was tough but I was feeling okay and the coach at the time liked me as a player, which was the most important thing.   I had done well enough over pre season to earn a starting spot for our first game against Brisbane Roar. We won and I played well...

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Person First, Athlete second

Person First, Athlete second

Newsletter #7   Person First, Athlete Second    New club, new city and a fresh start! It was exactly what I needed and I was ready to give everything to get back to my best. My focus was equally split during pre-season between my mindset and physical performance. Pre-season was tough but I had a good routine, so I felt like I was doing well and my confidence was slowly building.    I started to get a bit of pain in my groin about a month out from the season but I didn’t want to say anything to the physios...

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Newsletter #5 - Dream move turns into nightmare

Newsletter #5 Welcome back, today is all about my European adventure that turned into a nightmare. As a young footballer all I ever wanted to do was play in Europe. That was my aim and I finally had the opportunity. My agent had brought forward a few different options and after weighing them up we thought going to NEC Nijmegen in the Netherlands was the best fooballing choice. It was the smallest club and the least I would earn financially, but I thought I would be able to go there and play. Again, I was on the move, packed my...

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The Rollercoaster of being an athlete

Newsletter #4   Welcome back everyone, I hope you have been enjoying the insights into my career! We will pick up where I ended last week.. Pre seasons are very tough but if you aren’t up to the fitness levels you will fall behind very quickly. I saw this happen to different players over the years, and trust me when I say this! FIRST IMPRESSIONS count…. Make sure you return in good condition   Throughout preseason I was also heading away with the young socceroos to play in different tournaments either in the middle east or Asia. This was such...

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Part III - The beginning of my professional career

Newsletter #3   I had one goal when I arrived at the AIS and that was to leave the program having secured a contract with a professional team. I didn’t care about what team, only that I was getting a contract. As soon as Melbourne Heart offered, I was ready to move everything to Melbourne.   Excited but also quite nervous at the same time. You go from playing with boys your own age and getting help with everything at the AIS, to training with men and living on your own in an apartment. The first month was probably the...

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Stefan Mauk's Journey Part II

Newsletter #2 I hope you enjoyed the first newsletter about my journey as a young boy in Adelaide and how I got to the AIS. I’m sure you can see similarities in your own story. Remember, you are in control of how the rest of your story will be written. Let me take you to when I was all packed up and ready to move to Canberra. The only thing left to do was get on the plane. This is the point where it actually hit me! I was leaving and not knowing if I was going to live in...

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