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Podcast: Anthony Minichiello on the evolution of NRL and tackling life after sport


Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello saw the end of his playing career coming, and planned accordingly. Many of his footy mates didn’t, with tragic results.

On PickStar's Off-Field podcast, Anthony says the come down from the highs of a sports star life can be hard. Many athletes struggle to find a new purpose, and structure, for their new life.

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It was different for ‘Mini' who was raised by hard working Italian parents who made him get a trade in the early years of his NRL career. He maintained a life of balance, which extended beyond his world of sport.

Anthony went on to captain the Roosters and holds the record for most games and most tries at the club.

He's as decorated as they come - a NSW State of Origin representative, Australia and Italy representative, and winner of the Golden Boot Award for International Player of the Year in 2005.

Anthony’s career coincided with a big shift in the commercialisation of sport. He talks about the evolution from his first contract worth $10,000 and drinking plenty of beer after every match, to the professional game it is today.

Anthony also shares lessons learned from his humble upbringing, how he built a broad personal network and interests outside of rugby league and the challenge of growing the game nationally.

Mini was in Adelaide to promote the Roosters’ clash with the Storm at Adelaide Oval on 24 June 2017, and was able to squeeze in our interview between promotional duties. Click here for ticket and match info.

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