When reflecting on his first year under coach Adam O’Brien at the Knights, Greg Marzhew acknowledges that the most important conversations were also the most difficult. Despite a challenging start, Marzhew has found his stride and is now on track to help Newcastle make a return to the finals.
At the beginning of the season, Marzhew was overlooked for the opening three rounds in favor of Hymel Hunt. This was after being brought to Newcastle from the Titans in a player swap deal. However, Marzhew didn’t let this setback deter him.
After finally making it into the NRL side, Marzhew faced another hurdle when he missed the team bus after a loss to the Broncos in Round 15. As a result, he was dropped from the squad. But Marzhew didn’t let this setback define him either. He returned to the team a fortnight later and never looked back.
Since then, Marzhew has been in exceptional form, scoring eight tries in as many games. His latest highlight was a first-half hat-trick that helped Newcastle secure a 29-10 win over the Rabbitohs.
Marzhew credits coach Adam O’Brien for his current run of form. He believes that O’Brien’s tough love approach was exactly what he needed to reach his full potential. Marzhew appreciates O’Brien’s honesty and reveals that it has made it easier for him to accept criticism.
“I like tough love; I can deal with tough love,” Marzhew admits. “That tough love has really helped me and made me want to work hard. I feel like I have the potential to play good footy and under the right coach I feel like I can provide, and this year has kind of just showed that.”
The combination of Marzhew’s undeniable talent and O’Brien’s tough love coaching style has proven to be a winning formula for the Knights. With Marzhew’s impressive form on the field, Newcastle’s finals hopes are looking increasingly promising.