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Bulldogs star Corey Payne retires to pursue academic career

30 Jan 2013

NRL veteran, Corey Payne, is to end his first grade rugby league career to focus on his youth oriented Future Direction Network and his academic career, which includes his Master of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney Business School.

Corey made his debut in the NRL for the Dragons against the Bulldogs, in Round One of season 2005. He went on to play 47 games with the Dragons and 41 with the Tigers, before finishing his career with 43 games for the Bulldogs.

Beyond his football career, Corey established the Future Directions Network in partnership with the University of Sydney's Compass Program. The Network provides mentoring, career planning, information, logistical support and, in some cases, financial assistance, to young people wishing to attend university.

In 2011, the University of Sydney recognised Corey's outstanding efforts with a Young Alumni Award for Achievement.

In 2012, Corey won a Churchill Fellowship to study youth support programs in Brazil, Spain, the United Kingdom and South Africa. At the end of last year, Corey was named as the New South Wales Young Australian of the Year for 2013.

The press release from the Canterbury Bulldogs NRL team can be downloaded here. PDF