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In a recent interview on the James Graham's The Bye Round Podcast, former NRL star Dale Finucane opened up about the challenges of forced retirement. Finucane, who played for the Bulldogs, was forced to retire due to repeated concussions.



In the interview, Finucane talks about his disappointment about how his retirement came about. He also shares some of his experiences as a professional rugby league player, including his training routines and motivations.

Finucane says that he was intrinsically motivated throughout his career. He credits Gary Carden, a former trainer, for helping him develop his intrinsic motivation. Finucane also talks about the importance of self-talk and how he used it to get himself through tough training sessions.

Finucane is still undecided about what he wants to do next. He is considering coaching or playing music.

Challenges of forced retirement

Finucane's story is a reminder of the challenges that professional athletes face when they are forced to retire. Retirement can be a difficult transition for athletes, as they often lose their sense of purpose and identity.

It is important for athletes to have a plan for their future after retirement. This plan should include financial planning, career planning, and social support.

Challenges of transition

The transition from professional athlete to civilian life can be challenging. Athletes often have to adjust to a new routine, a new social circle, and a new way of life.

It is important for athletes to seek support during this transition. There are many resources available to help athletes adjust to life after retirement.

Opportunity that lies ahead

Retirement can also be a time of opportunity for athletes. Athletes have the time and energy to pursue new interests and hobbies. They can also use their skills and experience to help others.

Finucane's story is an inspiration to other athletes who are facing forced retirement. It is a reminder that there is life after sport, and that there are many opportunities available to athletes who are willing to embrace change.

Call to action

If you are a current player who is facing forced retirement, please know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you through this transition. Please reach out for help if you need it.


This video first appeared on the James Graham's The Bye Round podcast





"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us"


- Alexander Graham Bell


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