#48 NRL, Mental Skills and The Opposite of Being a Stereotypical Footballer – Shaun Lane and Reed Mahoney

Andrew has worked as the Mental Skills Coach for the Parramatta Eels for the past two seasons and both Shaun and Reed are two players who have really grasped ‘doing reps and sets to train the brain.’ Listen in as two professional athletes at the top of their game openly discuss all things resilience and bouncing back from their lowest points to now playing the best football of their careers, mental health, the importance of positive role models, and developing a successful career outside of playing football.

Reed Mahoney was born in Nambour, QLD, and played his junior football in country QLD before signing with the Bulldogs SG Ball team as a seventeen year old. A few years later Parramatta recruited Reed and he went on to play 101 NRL games and in 2021 was selected in the extended QLD Maroons State of Origin team. Going full circle, Reed has recently signed a 4-year deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs and is back where it began. Outside of footy Reed is passionate about property development and has an active involvement with Giant Steps, forming life-lasting relationships with young children who have autism.

Shaun Lane, affectionately known as the ‘Lane Train’ played his junior rugby league for the South Eastern Seagulls then bounced around 3 NRL clubs including the Bulldogs, New Zealand Warriors and Manly Sea Eagles before finding his home at the Parramatta Eels. Shaun has played a total of 147 NRL games and finished the 2022 season awarded with the Ken Thornett Medal for best player. Outside of footy, Shaun is an advocate for mental health and he is studying psychology.

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