Sharks Centres Gerard Beale and Ricky Leutele have taken the first steps in preparing themselves for a life beyond their time in the NRL.
At just 24 and 25-years-old respectively, Beale and Leutele could be forgiven for putting their post-football plans on hold.
But not to be complacent with their time in the top grade, the outside backs have undertaken a small business course in preparation for their lives after Rugby League.
“Through the NRL we’re completing a small business course, it shows us how to run our own business for a life after our time in the game,” said Beale.
“If we wanted to take it whichever pathway, be it through building and construction, or simply owning our own café, we’ll have a template there to fill the spaces and to go ahead.
“We’re only two weeks into it, it’s been good and we’re obviously looking forward to learning a lot and taking it into our own careers outside of footy.”
Beale and Leutele join a host of other Sharks also studying a trade or undertaking an apprenticeship.
Blake Ayshford and Jayson Bukuya are also completing the small business course, while half Todd Murphy is a qualified electrician.
Ahead of the side’s Round Seven ‘Tradies Night’ clash against the Rabbitohs, Beale welcomed the idea of a career outside of the NRL for when the time should come to hang up the boots.
“It’s really good, not just for us but other boys that are involved from the other NRL clubs,” he said.
“It’s a good chance to see what’s out there, and a chance to get the ball rolling for when we do retire.”
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