In the first four months of the 2009/2010 football season striker Anthony Stokes had scored only four goals for Hibernian. Six months later after working with football psychology expert Dan Abrahams, he was second top scorer in the Scottish Premier League and had secured a dream move to Celtic Football Club.
After scoring fourteen goals in sixteen games at Falkirk Football Club at the age of eighteen, Anthony Stokes seemed to have the footballing world at his feet. However, unsuccessful periods at Sunderland Football Club, Sheffield United Football Club and Crystal Palace Football Club saw him return to the Scottish Premier League with Hibernian Football Club on a free transfer. His advisers felt that he was not achieving his potential and they turned to Sport Psychology Expert Dan Abrahams for help.
Dan’s first session with “Stokesy” was on the 3rd December 2009. Two days later he scored two goals, and one further football psychology session in December helped him score a total of six goals that month.
How? Dan’s “animal technique” helped Anthony Stokes to work harder and play with greater intensity. These in turn helped his movement and positioning… Stokesy was once again getting the knack of being in the right place at the right time.
More sessions throughout the remainder of the football season reinforced and supported the simple to use football psychology technique Dan had taught Stokesy and the former Arsenal Football Club trainee went on to score twenty one goals in the Scottish Premier League for the 2009/2010 football season.
And great news was just around the corner as well… Anthony Stokes got his dream move to Celtic Football Club at the start of the 2010/2011 football season.
Sport psychology expert Dan Abrahams continues to work alongside Anthony Stokes and has been a major factor in the stiker’s great start at Celtic Football Club which has included a hat-trick, a man of the match and a number of plaudits from the press, as well as from former Celtic footballing legend Henrik Larsson.
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