New Recruit Max Warren Already Making Impact

It’s been less than six months since new Box Hill recruit Max Warren has been at the club and he has already made a significant impact within the team and on the field.

After spending four years on the list of AFL team North Melbourne, Warren was delisted and came to select Box Hill as his club of choice. Already proving that the move has been a good one, Warren was voted into the leadership group and has played every game in the Seniors team thus far.

“It’s been a really good change-up for me. Spending four years as a shutdown defender at North Melbourne, I think coming to Box Hill and playing in the midfield has really opened up my game a little bit.”

“I think what Box Hill does is quite a clean style of football and I have found it really easy to sort of develop into.”

“The team was of established before I got there, so I had to make sure that I was doing everything I could so that I could break into the team and find a way to fit into that midfield. It’s been hard work but I just made sure that during preseason I was doing everything I could so that I was right to go and break into the group.”

“In terms of the leadership group, I think the good thing was that I had come from an external team and I have been able to provide feedback from more of an outside point of view. I think this definitely helped me at the start when I wasn’t really close with any of the boys.”

Starting his football career at Healesville Football Club, and staying there right up until being drafted in 2012, whilst also simultaneously playing TAC Cup for the Eastern Ranges, Warren said that both his family and friends encouraged him to start playing at the age of 11.

“Probably like most kids it was my dad that encouraged me to play footy. Both my older cousins also played football so they were probably role models as well and encouraged me to play. I think a lot of my mates were playing footy at the time so that probably helped as well.”

“Mum also loved keeping fit so I guess football was also a by-product of that so that’s probably why she liked me playing footy.”

Although initially a Geelong supporter, after spending time at North Melbourne, Warren admits that his friendships made at the club changed his allegiances.

“My dad grew up in Geelong so that sort of had an impact. But having played at North Melbourne, I really enjoy watching the guys I trained and played with do well, especially this year.”

“I also keep a keen eye on the Hawks as well because you always love watching guys you’ve played with like Lovell, Brand and O’Brien do well.”

Speaking of his time at an AFL club, Warren says he learnt a lot of good habits and was given plenty of helpful advice that has set him in good stead for the remainder of his career.

“In terms of living that elite lifestyle, I definitely learnt a lot in terms of diet and professionalism towards training. It definitely made me a more professional person and I think it drove my training standards as well. They taught me how to work hard and how to keep up to that level so it’s definitely helped me now to continue to improve and train really hard.”

Warren has continued these good habits since moving to Box Hill, and has allowed him to already begin to accomplish some personal goals for the season.

“I think the first thing I wanted to do was to be playing really consistently in the Seniors, which I feel like I’ve sort of achieved.”

“The next thing I want to do is to get through to mid-year and know that I was playing good football, and then I want to finish the year knowing I gave myself every chance to hopefully be able to play back in the AFL system.”

“Only time will tell if that goal will come to fruition, but when I was looking at clubs to play with, I think Box Hill gave me the best opportunity to do that because it’s such a professional environment.”

Off-field, Warren has made sure to pave himself a professional career outside of football, and is always looking for new challenges.

“I did a Diploma in Business Management and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management and then I studied Commerce at University. I also now work for a car leasing company in South Melbourne called Lease Plus. Last week I also managed to complete my agents representative course so I have the option of moving into real estate.”

“When you leave full-time football like I did last year, you have to live a life where you work through the day and train at night. But I’ve enjoyed the transition and Box Hill have been so good with making sure that there’s a good cohesion between my work, study and football.”

Warren’s journey at Box Hill is sure to be one closely followed by many, and with already a blistering start to the season already under his belt, we cannot wait to see what’s to follow for the rest of the year.


Photo: Jenny Owens Photography

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