PLAYING CAREER: 2009-present NRL GAMES: 72 POSITION: Centre
Dale Copley has only played 72 NRL games since debuting in 2009, but studying for two degrees has not been a factor in his average of fewer than 10 top-grade aappearances a season. InInjury, not study, has curtailed a career that he hopes will continue until he is able to transition from playing footy to administeringd law. ScScoring an OP3 in his final year at Wavell StState High, Copley elected to study phpharmacy as he made his way through ththe Broncos ranks. But after two years stustudying part-time he found some eleelements of the course too difficult. “TheTh science part of the course, paparticularly facets such as lab work, was almalmost impossible to schedule because of my football commitments,” he said. Not deterred and determined to continue studstudying, two years ago Dale opted to take on a law degree. “Law normally takes four years, but as a partpart-time student mine will take eight,” he explexplained. “By tthen I will be in my early 30s and probprobably finished playing rugby league, so my pplan is to hopefully transition from one careecareer to another.” Dale ssays much of his law degree study can be dodone away from the university campus. “I am able to swot over the books at home, or in tthe down time in airport lounges or hotels while we are travelling. And the discipdiscipline of studying is also good for my footy,” he said.