Six months in the uncompromising world of NRL has galvanised the resolve of Melbourne Storm Thunderbolts recruit, Matt Egan to contribute to the game off the fields as well as on.
“Professional footy is competitive, intense and sometimes stressful, physically and mentally,” he said.
“I want to be there for my teammates and other young players to ensure it doesn’t get too much for them – you don’t want to see their heads drop.”
Egan has been playing since he was eight and began to appreciate the critical role of mentoring from an early age, watching his father coach the Currumbin-Tugun Seahawks under-18s side.
“He didn’t just coach them at footy, but at life,” he said.
“If they were having problems at home, or at school, he’d give them advice.
“The difference it made to their attitude, their state of mind, their happiness and their game really made an impact on me.
“I myself have been fortunate to benefit from others, both in footy and life in general, including from one of my league heroes, Billy Moore.”
It’s a powerful legacy Egan is keen to carry on.
“Youth Work is something that has always interested me,” he said.