Herald Sun

A new goal for Juddy


RE­CENTLY re­tired football star Chris Judd has his firstever job out­side the AFL bub­ble. Judd will start work at the Im­pact In­vest­ment Group in St Kilda three days a week on Mon­day, in a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment role.

“It’s go­ing to take a lit­tle bit of get­ting used to, but I’m look­ing for­ward to us­ing my brain,” he told Con­fi­den­tial.

“Footy was great and I loved ev­ery minute of it, but I was ready to move on and do some dif­fer­ent things.”

Judd and wife Re­becca were guests on Wed­nes­day night at the open­ing of Scott Pick­ett’s new res­tau­rant, ESP, in North­cote.

The cham­pion Carl­ton foot­baller re­tired last month af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury that re­quired surgery.

“It’s three weeks to­day post-surgery and I’m start­ing to walk around and get some sleep,” he said.

“I’ve had a lit­tle bit of ex­er­cise, so far so good.”

Af­ter the emo­tional end to his play­ing days, he said he is look­ing for­ward to his next chap­ter.

“I’m in a good space,” he said. “I still get mixed emo­tions watch­ing the boys play, but I had a great run and I’m re­ally ex­cited to do lit­tle things like come out tonight.”

Re­becca said the fam­ily had fit­ted into life well af­ter football. “He’s been in re­cov­ery mode and has been around home a lot, which has been good,” she said.

“Just hav­ing the free­dom to go out and do things to­gether, I guess, and be a bit more of a cou­ple in that sense has been re­ally nice.”

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