#64: Tom Trbojevic Unplugged: Heartfelt Stories of Family and Love, Training Mental Toughness and Handling Setbacks, Balancing the Person, Persona and Performer (Coaching Corner)

Tom Trbojevic is an Australian professional rugby league player known for his versatility and exceptional skills on the field. He has Serbian descent and played multiple sports growing up, including 3 years with the Sydney Swans AFL Academy.

Along with brothers Jake and Ben, Tom plays for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. 2021 was a standout season where he won the Dally M Medal for Player of the Year and Brad Fittler Medal for best NSW player in the State of Origin series. He set a new season record for Manly scoring 28 tries in 18 games.

Tom’s career has been hampered by injuries however he maintains an optimistic approach with a focus on continually improving himself. He has a degree in Applied Finance and Economics and has recently released his first book called The Turbo Pup.


In this episode Andrew and Tom discuss:

6:20 Tom’s aversion to watching his own highlights, Tom’s journey to playing in the NRL and what playing AFL has taught Tom about playing Rugby League.

12:10 Tom and his brothers’ connection, what the Trebojevic boys think of Tom and training mental skills.

22:20 How Tom downregulates, interacts with fans and pre-performance routines.

25:50 Tom’s struggles with injuries, 2021 season in stats and incredible State of Origin performance.

30:00 Season ending injuries, writing a kids book and resilience during injuries.

37:00 Advice to people struggling, engaging with fans and Tom’s nightmare MRI story.

43:30 Manly pride jersey saga, poker nights at Tom’s house and heroes, hardships and highlights.

48:15 Playing the opening round of season 2024 in Vegas, looking into the future and wearing coaching gear.

52:30 Q&A session.

1:10:30 Andrew and Ange’s reflections.


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