Maynard finding his feet at Canberra

After seven years at Ainslie, the 23-year-old ruckman-forward made the move to Phillip Oval at the end of last year and is starting to settle into life as a Demon.

Canberra recruit Josh Maynard says he's feeling comfortable at NEAFL level. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

Now two months into the 2019 NEAFL season, Maynard said he was enjoying his new challenge.


"It’s been great, there are always challenges moving into a new club and competition, but the playing group, coaching and support staff have made the transition a smooth and enjoyable process", said Maynard.


"I found jumping into the NEAFL program a big step up, in terms of the training load and the quality of the competition.


"However, since joining the Canberra program I’ve been fortunate to be welcomed into a club with structures that helps you make that step up, and a culture that backs you to compete to win."


Developing his football has been a focus, but building relationships with new teammates and coaches has been just as important.


"I wanted to bring value to the club through my talent and effort as quickly as possible, I really made an effort to understand how the club operates on and off the field, getting to know my teammates and how they play, and to earn my place amongst a talented group of players."

Former Ainslie ruckman Josh Maynard in action for Canberra. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

The versatile big man, who previously played 1 NEAFL game for Ainslie in 2015, says he is finally feeling comfortable at the NEAFL level.


"It’s a strong competition, with some unique challenges you don’t find at the local level.


"As the season goes on, every team is refining its game and will be getting hungrier as we progress towards finals.


"It doesn’t get easier, but with a supportive club behind me I am better able to face those challenges and feel more comfortable playing my role."

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