Trbojevic to go without booze in 2022

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Trbojevic to go without booze in 2022

Dally M Medallist Tom Trbojevic will abstain from alcohol for another NRL season having reaped the benefits during his astonishing 2021.

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After an infamous pre-season race down the Manly Corso against a punter named Harry last year, the Sea Eagles fullback decided on a booze ban and went on to produce one of the great individual campaigns.

It was an easy call for the 25-year-old to again go dry as he aims to replicate his stunning form.

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“I'll go the whole season,” Trbojevic said at the NRL's grassroots season launch on Thursday.

“You feel a lot better within yourself. Your body feels better, you recover quicker, all that type of stuff. It definitely helps and I'll be locking in again.

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“I decided to do it last year. I didn't know what the outcome was (going to be), but I guess the way I got through the year and played good footy, it helped physically and now mentally.

“It's a thing I've got to do to be the best footy player I can be. It's not like it's anything hard. I love playing footy and I want to be the best footy player I can be and the best footy player for Manly.

“I'm not trying to push it too much on anyone. Everyone kind of does their own thing and has got to prepare individually for them to perform (at their) best.”

Trbojevic will need to be near-superhuman to top his performances from last season.

He scored 28 tries in 18 NRL games to take Manly to the preliminary final, won the Wally Lewis Medal as man of the series in NSW's State of Origin triumph and was emphatically crowned the game's best player.

Scarily for opponents, he is striving to reach another level.

“You've always got to find ways to keep getting better and, ultimately, you want to be successful in the game as a team. We've still got steps to go in that sense,” he said.

The Sea Eagles were this week treated to an hour-long talk from Irishman John Kavanagh, the renowned mixed martial arts coach whose students include former UFC featherweight and lightweight double-champion Conor McGregor.

“It was a pretty surreal experience,” Trbojevic said.

“I can't say I'm the biggest UFC or MMA fan, but I obviously know who Conor McGregor is and what he's done in the sport.

“To have his coach in talking to us about how he prepares to fight was pretty cool.

“He talked a lot about how he prepares his athletes. They've got like 12-week training camps … There were definitely similarities like how we train in the pre-season to prepare for round one.”

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