I have a real issue with young talented players who at the end of the day probably aren't good enough but hang in their for years plugging away.
I don't accept the concept that people like Ed Kosi
or Volkman or Berry
are allowed to have dreams and train away for years with their club having faith in them for the 5% chance they may come good and reach first grade potential. All three of those guys and all fringe players should be honest with themselves and realise they will never be a star in the NRL and that their ceiling is being average and only then if they train really hard and can reach that level.
Do yourself a favour and find something you can be elite at. Why settle for a career where your aspirations are to be as good as Montoya
or Trindall or insert name here of average NRL player here.
Find your true calling. Aiming to be an average professional and is that is truely as much as Volkman can ever hope for and would be a big step up from his current abilities is not accurate career management or life decision making.
I had to make a hard call in my life about my cricket career when I was named for the Hamilton reps at age 18 for cricket but was behind in my studies.
Martin Crowe's book on cricket finishes with the line "be all you can be". I disagree. Don't have stars in your eyes and plug away on train and trial deals for years. There will be an occupation which you can be elite in. Quit rugby league and find it.
CHT was a better prospect and better player than Volkman by some distance at the same age.