David Zaharakis: Inner Hunger

Before last season began, Essendon coach James Hird met with David Zaharakis, and told him that if he worked hard, and pushed himself as much as possible, Zaharakis could grow into a great AFL player.

The third-year Bomber went on to play every game for the club in 2011, was its most explosive midfielder in the second half of the year, kicked 31 goals and was the youngest player at Essendon to win the best and fairest since 1981. Things went well.

In preparation for this season, the classy and clean half-forward again met with Hird, and midfield coach Simon Goodwin. They outlined a few areas to keep working on, and ways to get better, but they almost need not have bothered. Zaharakis wasn’t satisfied.

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