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Former Warrington Wolves star takes surprising career twist

When rugby league players retire, you tend to think of them staying in the game forever.

But, that, more often than not, couldn’t be further from the truth.

For example, Leon Pryce has spoken to Serious About Rugby League about him now working in a residential care home.

For former Warrington Wolves star Kurt Gidley, however, the direction is that of a brewery.

Gidley, who registered 55 appearances for Wire between 2016 and 2017, is now the founder and owner of a beer company called ‘Steel City’.

It specialises in Australian pale ale and lager as Gidley tries to make his own stamp in the alcoholic refreshment industry.

The expert fullback retired at the end of the 2017 Super League season after being on the losing side of both the Super League Grand Final and the Challenge Cup Final in 2016, with 15 tries and 116 goals to his name.

Prior to his move to Warrington, Gidley had played all 15 years of his NRL career for the Newcastle Knights with over 250 appearances for the club under his belt.

He also earned 12 caps for Australia and played 12 times for New South Wales in State of Origin.

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