When the news came through that Wigan’s Dom Manfredi was set to retire immediately, the rugby league fraternity rallied round the two-time Grand Final winner.
In June, the club announced that the winger was set to retire at the end of the 2021 season on medical grounds, but after another consultation, Manfredi called time on his playing career for good immediately.
The initial announcement came after Manfredi suffered a knee injury in training – an injury to his left knee that has given him multiple issues in the past.
The 27-year-old does not know what direction in which he will head in the future, but Manfredi does plan to take a break before committing.
“I’m speaking to a few people at the minute about potential careers,” Manfredi said in the Wigan official matchday programme.
“I’ve had a couple of meetings with the Rugby League Cares careers advisor and that’s gone really well.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself straight away to find something that I love doing because it’s going to be hard to follow it up after what I’ve done in rugby league.
“I want to take some small steps to as many people in different organisations and businesses as possible and get a good idea of what I want to do.”