I’ve always been an active person and keeping fit is not only a hobby it’s part of my job as a professional footballer. Like a lot of people you think serious illness won’t happen to you so when I received the news that I had cancer it was a huge mix of emotions. It’s like I still didn’t believe it and that’s really the way I dealt with it the whole way through.
My wife Sonia and mum Sharon were really knocked about by the news. Like any family member would, you think about the ‘what if’s’. I was out of action for a number of weeks and there were moments there where it did cross my mind ‘what if I can’t play again’ and ‘what will I do to earn an income’. Obviously my health was first and foremost but it was only natural to have concern for our future.
Back in 2001 when I first started playing grade footy, I made the decision to seek professional financial advice. I knew there was an end date to this career and I wanted to ensure the opportunity was maximised. As an 18 year old personal insurance was certainly not top of mind and I never thought I’d need to use it. It’s advice that I’m certainly glad I took.