Maranta Working On Self Belief

Maranta Working On Self Belief
Lachlan Maranta © Brisbane Broncos, Pre-Season Training, January 2016

Maranta Working On Self Belief

Maranta Working On Self Belief

Maranta Working On Self Belief

Maranta Working On Self Belief

Maranta Working On Self Belief

BRONCOS winger Lachlan Maranta is ready to fight the one thing he believes has stopped his career taking off – himself.

The 23-year-old told The Courier-Mail he has been struggling to believe in his own ability.

After making his NRL debut in 2012, the speedster has been unable to cement a starting position within the Broncos’ backs.

Last season, he played just one game after round 23, missing the Broncos’ finals charge when Bennett preferred Corey Oates and Jordan Kahu.

His window of opportunity looked to have opened this year, with centre Jack Reed sidelined for the opening rounds of the season. But fate dealt Maranta a cruel card last month when he was added to the casualty ward at Red Hill with a fractured left wrist.

While a pre-season injury can test any player, Maranta said this one came with an extra challenge – overcoming the fact that he was his “own worst enemy”.

The former sprint champion said those were the same words that coach Wayne Bennett used to explain Maranta’s stop-start career to date.

“He tells me that my worst enemy is myself,” Maranta said.

“I overthink things and I get in my own head which is what derails my performances.

“He pushes me to back myself, not just in footy but to back myself off the field with everyday life.”

Maranta said last year was his biggest struggle in bouncing back from adversity. He admitted he would often spend too much time focusing on negatives.

“I had confidence issues,” he said.

“It’s not that I would sulk at home, but I would get down on myself and I would dwell on a lot of things.

“I was in denial about it. It’s a bit of self-insecurity.”

Maranta said his low self-esteem was best typified when he laughed in Bennett’s face when told he had been selected for the World All Stars team.

“I thought it was a joke,” Maranta said.

“He’s got a bit of a weird sense of humour so I started laughing and he just had a straight face. “I thought ‘oh, maybe he’s serious here’ ...

“It was frustrating (to miss out) but it’s happened now and nothing is going to change what has happened.”That is the sort of attitude Maranta is now trying to adopt.

“I might dwell on something for 10 minutes but what’s happened, has happened,” he said.

“You’ve just got to put it in the past and get better from that. It’s like this injury ... there is not much I can do but wait.”

Maranta said while he fractured the wrist against the Bulldogs last August, he did not feel the full extent of the pain until he knocked it in pre-season training.

With one month of recovery time already gone, Maranta has resumed running with a return target of Round 7.

He said despite the injury hiccup, he was in a happier place in 2016 – largely thanks to Bennett.

“I take every day at a time. I wake up, I love going to training now, I love seeing the boys ...

“Tuesday might be a bad day but at least you’ve got Wednesday to wake up and be happy.

“(And) if I’m happy, that’s when I’m playing my best football.”

 

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