JUST days after addressing an Australia Day function as NSW Young Australian of the Year, Canterbury Bulldogs forward Corey Payne has decided to retire from rugby league to pursue business opportunities.
Payne, who is in the final year of a masters of commerce degree at Sydney University, approached Bulldogs officials last weekend to advise them of his decision.
He told them he had several commercial opportunities he wanted to pursue.
This year, he said, he hoped to finish his masters degree and to 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”.
”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 Dragon, Tiger and Bulldog played 131 matches after making his NRL debut for St George Illawarra against the Bulldogs in round one in 2005.
As well as achieving many milestones as a player, the 28-year-old’s awards and achievements include:
2013 – NSW Young Australian of the Year (this award recognises the work of outstanding Australians aged 16 to 30).
2012 – Churchill Fellowship (this award allows recipients to travel overseas to gain experience that might not be available in Australia and to then give them more of an opportunity to excel in their chosen career 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).
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.