David Zaharakis has revealed a chat with coach John Worsfold regarding his role helped reignite his season with Essendon.
The midfielder yesterday signed a new four-year deal with the Dons after a painfully slow beginning to the 2017 season.
Zaharakis averaged just over 18 disposals up until Round 7 but a conversation with ‘Woosha’ saw him turn the corner and rack up close to 30 possession over the ensuing 15 matches, leading to his lengthy contract extension.
“The start of the year I wasn’t impacting or helping the team out in the best way,” he said on Sportsday.
“I wasn’t playing good footy regardless of being on the wing or not. I went to Woosha and asked him his opinion and thoughts about how I can better impact the team.
“He’s great like that Woosha, he’s door is always open.
“From then, we’ve had more midfield rotations. More guys going through there and I’ve just benefitted from that.”
The Bombers meet the barnstorming Sydney Swans in an Elimination Final next Saturday and Zaharakis is well aware of the significance of the club returning to September action.
The 27-year-old added: “To be successful, you’ve got to be a close team and a close footy club.
“It’s been awesome that everyone’s just bought into being successful again.
”It’s been a long time since this Footy Club’s won a final. We’ve reached one goal of making the finals and now obviously there’s another one to win and get this club back to being successful.”
Listen to Zakka’s interview below: