THE NEXT CHAP­TER

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

Q Your West­ern Syd­ney con­tract ex­pired last month. What are you up to now?

A It’s June now so I’m able to train in the team en­vi­ron­ment and also just by my­self I’ve been tick­ing over to get the fit­ness back to a good level and see what comes up, both ALeague and over­seas, but it’s prob­a­bly got to be a short-term thing be­cause I don’t want to be spend­ing a big time away from my fam­ily like I have. I’ve had one train­ing ses­sion with (Gold Coast United) but it’s more help­ing them with some de­fen­sive coach­ing. That’s some­thing I’m look­ing to do more on the Coast.

Q So is coach­ing where you would like to end up when your play­ing ca­reer is over?

A Ob­vi­ously I’ve started up my men­tor­ing com­pany, That’s Foot­ball, and I’m also do­ing some (coach­ing) stuff in schools. Syd­ney Univer­sity flew me down to Syd­ney for the Blue and Gold Din­ner (last week) for higher sports hon­ours and I did my first talk about my men­tor­ing com­pany. I’m look­ing to slowly build that and get into schools around the Gold Coast and Aus­tralia. My aim is to help ath­letes tran­si­tion into and out of pro­fes­sional sport, to help guide them and tell them what it’s like to be pro­fes­sional and give them that net­work­ing plat­form. I want to change the per­cep­tion that sport is only about earn­ing as much as you can and play­ing for as long as you can. I’m look­ing to build that on the side but I’m look­ing for an on-field role as well be­cause that’s go­ing to be mainly off-field. I’m def­i­nitely look­ing to broaden my hori­zons while I’m here so I want to get into schools and clubs and even the cor­po­rate world with my men­tor­ing.

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