Warren Re-Signs

The Box Hill Hawks are pleased to confirm the re-signing of reigning Col Austen Trophy winner Max Warren for the 2018 VFL season.

Warren was superb across half-back in 2017 and in just his second year on the Hawks’ list established himself as a leader amongst his teammates and one of the most consistent and dependable players in the VFL.

The Box Hill number five featured in all twenty of the Hawks’ matches during an excellent season – captaining the side on seven occasions in David Mirra’s injury-enforced absence – and needed little in the way of time nor deliberation to return in 2018.

“The decision (to re-sign) was quite easy in the end.

“I’ve always said to myself that I’d play football as the highest level possible for as long as I could, provided I wasn’t taking anyone else’s spot and still had the passion to do so.

“With the team we had last year and what the future holds, and considering I feel as though I’m still capable of playing and contributing at VFL level, the decision took care of itself.”

Warren’s preparations for the forthcoming season have been delayed following post-season rehab to a broken leg suffered in the dying moments of September’s Preliminary Final loss to Richmond, though the former Eastern Ranges star is well and truly on track to resume full training in the New Year.

“That (injury) was a disappointing way to end the season.

“I’ve done a vigorous off-season program, which has put me in a position to start training with the main group.

“Originally the timeline for a return to full training was well into January, but it looks like it’ll be the first week after the Christmas and New Year break.”

Like so many of his teammates Warren credits the strides made both personally and collectively in 2017 to the unity in the group.

“Football is a team sport and I think thats what we love most about this great game.

“I think the only reason I was able to play so well last year was because it was the most fun I’ve had playing football.

“We had – and continue to have – a really tight group and that makes such a difference in the way we train and play.

In Warren’s case, all of this lead to some well-deserved recognition on best and fairest night, when he took home top honours following an exciting vote count.

“Having said that, every now and then, if and when you receive an individual accolade, it gives you confidence in your game. And, to be honest, it was very humbling.”

And the aim for 2018?

“2018 goals equal a 2018 flag. It’s that simple for me.”

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