Everything happens for a reason is one of the mantras that Maverick Weller lives by, a thought process that helped him accept his departure from St Kilda.
But the 26-year-old says he couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out, after Richmond became his third AFL home after the Tigers signed him as a pre-season supplemental selection at the start of the month.
“It is funny how things work, because for three weeks I was sort of in limbo and I was starting to think it might have been over, and now that I’ve got another crack I am so excited to be part of something special,’’ former Burnie Docker Weller told The Advocate.
“I’m learning new things, I’m learning a new method and I’ve got new relationships in my life now with coaches and teammates, and that is really exciting for me.
“I’ve only been training for a week and half, but I feel like it has rejuvenated me and every time I walk in the doors, I am just really excited and I’m having fun again.”
Weller, who has played 121 games for Gold Coast and St Kilda, said there was one reason why the Tigers were keen for his services.
“They wanted me for my aggression and pretty much how ‘violent’ I am as a player, that is the words that were spoken to me, now I am just keen for the challenge,’’ he said.
“They think my footy that I played a couple of years ago was really good, and I wasn’t far off it, I just needed a couple things to fall my way, and they told me they were really excited to add me to their forward group and potentially a little bit in the midfield as well.
“I’m not really worried about what role I have yet, as I am just focused on learning the method, the team defence and building that chemistry with my teammates and getting my body ready to go.”
Being part of a “big” club was adding to his feeling of excitement, as well as joining an organisation that has such strong Tasmanian links, with Jack Riewoldt and Toby Nankervis and chief executive Brendon Gale off it. His father Darren played football with Gale, that’s how strong that link is.
“As soon as you walk through the door, there is a lot of love and care at Richmond, as they care for each other a lot, and there is something in the air that they know what works,’’ he said.
“They know the values they need to hold to win a premiership, and that is just confidence because they have won it recently (in 2017).”
Weller, whose brother Lachie is on Gold Coast’s list, said he had no hard feelings towards the Saints. Having learnt, and grown, from his previous delisting at the Suns, he said he was able to accept his fate and move on quickly, understanding footy is “a business”.
He played 89 games for the Saints, including 13 this year, and was known as a defensive-forward by the end of his time at that club.
“It is a business now and I know I didn’t have the best year and the club had a terrible year and I was out of contract, so it wasn’t unexpected, but in saying that it was still a shock when it happened,’’ he said.
“But I am really happy with how it worked out.”
One of his first games for the Tigers could be in Tasmania, with Richmond to play Hawthorn at UTAS Stadium on March 9 in the pre-season, but he’s not looking that far ahead.
He said he was focused on ensuring he could build his fitness base up, having been unable to train with the club until December 1, and fitting in with “the Richmond way”.