IF the last year has taught Levi Casboult anything, it’s the importance of what drives him each day.
The results are showing on the football field.
Casboult came into the 2019 season on the back of 10 games the season prior — his lowest amount since debuting for Carlton in 2012.
Ending the season playing for the Northern Blues, Casboult - speaking to The Two Tones - said the off-season presented a chance for self-reflection.
“Getting dropped last year, it was an eye-opener,” Casboult said.
“I had a lot of self-reflection around what I want to get out of playing footy.
“When you strip it all back, footy is fun. Win, lose or draw.
“Coming through as a kid, being a Carlton supporter — I loved playing footy every week and getting the opportunity to go out and play.”
It’s been a year of resurgence for the big man in the No.41, with the last two months in particular seeing the best of Levi at senior level.
Starting with a stint in unfamiliar territory, Casboult has shown his worth at both ends of the ground.
And that enjoyment was never more evident after a last-quarter goal against Sydney put Carlton on the path to a memorable win on the road.
The 118-gamer said the focus on having fun and commitment to life off the field was something which had benefitted him enormously.
“It’s probably somewhere I’ve transitioned to over the last 12 or 18 months,” he said.
“I was lucky I still had a year to run on my contract, so it wasn’t all doom and gloom.
“[I thought] I really need to think about what else is out there other than footy.
“It has probably helped my footy in the long run, because I’m not worried so much about what’s happening on the field. I’ve got off-field stuff to work on and fall back on.”
The greatest “leveller” of all for Casboult is enjoying the company of his family each night.
With two kids (plus another to come in October) and his wife to come home to, footy wasn’t the be-all-and-end-all.
“It doesn’t matter what day I’ve had — as soon as I walk through the door at home, they don’t care,” he said.
“I’ve got to sit down and play dinosaurs or I’ve got to change a dirty nappy.
“You don’t have time to reflect on what else has happened, it’s straight into family life which is good.”