He officially changed to his mother’s surname name on Wednesday.
“It’s a personal decision that I have been thinking about for a while. I just felt now is the right time to change my name. I feel strongly about the decision I’ve made,” Maister told Saints.com.au.
“The paperwork went through this morning so now I can focus on footy with the NAB Cup just around the corner.”
Coincidentally Maister has family ties in Christchurch and with the Saints playing in Wellington for the first time this year, he said it was fitting the club is playing a game in New Zealand.
“With New Zealand being our new home-away-from home, it’s nice for me to have this connection personally now too.”
Maister played 10 games for the Saints last year after a 23-game career with West Coast.
The Saints took him with the 68th pick at the 2011 NAB AFL Draft after a stellar season with WAFL club Claremont that resulted in him winning the 2011 Simpson Medal.
The Saints will play the first game for premiership points outside of Australia on April 25 at Westpac Stadium.
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