Just days after addressing an Australia Day function as NSW Young Australian of the Year, Bulldogs forward Corey Payne has decided to retire to focus on business opportunities.
Payne, who is in the final year of a master’s of commerce degree at Sydney University, approached Canterbury officials last weekend to advise them of his decision.
Payne told them he had a number of commercial opportunities and wanted to focus on those.
The 28-year-old said he intended to live overseas next year.
“2013 will be a year where I finish my master of commerce at the University of Sydney, complete a Churchill Fellowship, maintain the positive momentum of the Future Direction Network which assists disadvantaged students reach their academic potential at university and carry out the responsibility of being NSW Young Australian of the Year,” Payne said.
“I intend studying for an MBA abroad in 2014 and transition to a business career which I hope is as challenging and rewarding as my rugby league career has been.”
The former Dragons, Tigers and Bulldogs player played a total of 131 matches (Dragons 47, Tigers 41, Bulldogs 43) after making his NRL debut for the Dragons against the Bulldogs in round one of season 2005.
After achieving many milestones on the field as a player, the 28-year-old has also experienced academic success off the field through hard work and study.
Payne has received the following awards:2013 – NSW Young Australian of the Year (this award recognises the work of young Australians aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians).2012 – Churchill Fellowship (this award allows recipients to travel overseas to gain experience that may not be available here in Australia and to then give them more of an opportunity to excel in their chosen career here in Australia).2011 – University of Sydney Young Alumni Award for Achievement.2011 – NRL/RLPA Education and Welfare Award.2007 – Bachelor of commerce from the University of Sydney (accounting and commercial law).
“To say that I have been a member of two Jersey Flegg premiership sides, a winning NSW Cup side and to play in an NRL grand final, all for the Bulldogs is quite unbelievable,” Payne said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.