Mayo Puts Hand Up for State Selection

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 8:05 AM

Four knee operations by 22 years of age, Subiaco forward Jack Mayo admits he thought his body may not be cut out for State level footy.

His decision to push through the pain barrier and the loneliness of rehabilitation rewarded with WA State squad selection for the upcoming clash with South Australia.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting to be named in the squad, with so many great forwards to choose from. Just to be in the conversation is humbling,” said Mayo.

Mayo had his first full pre-season with the Lions in five years heading in the 2024 WAFL season and has had a strong opening month, with nine goals in four games.

“My main goal is to build towards a solid season with Subi. We have had an ok start being two and two and a lot of new faces have been given a chance and some familiar names are working their way back, so I think we will get better as the season goes on,” 25-year-old Mayo added.

Lions skipper Greg Clark is another to be named in the WA squad and a certain starter, while fellow forward Ben Sokol has worn the Black Swan jumper three times and kicked nine goals in those appearances.

Mayo attributes a coaching role with the Subiaco reserves  when injured as a huge help to stay engaged with the playing group.

“Rehab can be a lonely time but getting my hands dirty with the ressies, certainly kept me mentally motivated to get back playing,” 

Mayo steps out for just his 27th league game on Saturday against East Fremantle. Another strong showing will certainly aid his chances of making the cut for the May 19 State clash against SA at Optus Stadium.

“While I am happy and healthy, I will keep cracking in and if that is good enough to earn the respect of my teammates, opposition and now State selectors then that’s a win all round, “Mayo said.

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