On the finish of final yr – with key folks at Port Adelaide ultimately getting over being jilted in 2019 – Fantasia sat down with trusted associates and listened.
“They mentioned you must do what’s finest for you and what’s going to allow you to play your finest footy and allow you to mentally and that call was then to come back residence,” Fantasia mentioned.
He’s been stunned on the impression the shift has had on him mentally and bodily.
“I’m a giant stress head so carry a number of stress… now I really feel like off the sector and mentally I’m in such a powerful place and that’s correlating to me sleeping higher, recovering higher and in the end placing extra work in on the monitor,” Fantasia mentioned.
“I don’t suppose I’ve missed a session this complete pre-season. I’ve put essentially the most work in I’ve for most likely 5 or 6 years so that provides me confidence.”
Those that know Fantasia say Essendon’s obvious lack of route at instances (he had 4 coaches in his first three seasons) would have weighed closely on him in recent times as he was determined to expertise success on the Bombers.
Mixed with accidents his sense of being adrift whereas away from residence elevated.
Fantasia is sincere in admitting he might have dealt with some conditions in another way at Essendon now that he has had time to mirror and the 25-year-old nonetheless needs his former teammates – many together with Zach Merrett, Michael Hurley and James Stewart stay good associates – all the perfect in Bombers’ colors.
“Finally, I used to be simply getting caught up within the little issues that most likely I didn’t actually have to be frightened about that I’d simply maintain and attempt to take care of when actually I ought to have simply been specializing in getting my physique proper and recovering,” Fantasia mentioned.
“I needed to get success at that soccer membership and needed to get us able the place we might maintain that however sadly we didn’t and for me there was a tipping level the place I simply mentioned I can’t maintain doing this in any other case I’m going to burn myself out.
“I have to be again residence with my household and that was all the time going to be the perfect spot for me.”
The Bombers tried him in defence final season however his future rests inside a star-studded, intelligent and harmful Port Adelaide forwardline with Fantasia to hitch Connor Rozee, Robbie Grey and Zak Butters contained in the ahead 50 the place he plans to make use of his velocity as a weapon in taking part in that top half ahead position.
“That’s the place I really feel most comfy to be sincere,” Fantasia mentioned.
His nerves have disappeared, the stress has eased and he is able to play soccer once more.
Peter Ryan is a sports activities reporter with The Age protecting AFL, horse racing and different sports activities.