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JJ Collins to depart Raiders

Posted By: Raidercast
May 22, 2020, 11:13:52 AM
Canberra Raiders forward JJ Collins has made the toughest decision of his young NRL career, with the forward to depart the Raiders and return home to Queensland with his young family.

Collins, 24, has been forced to put his NRL career on hold due to the recent NRL shutdown as a consequence of the reduced NRL season.

With the season reduced and player's financial situations changing, Collins has made the call to return home for more family support and look for another opportunity in the future.  

“My partner and I have just had our first son and it although it was a tough decision, it was one that had to be made,” Collins said. “I’m really gutted to be leaving the club, they welcomed me last year when I first arrived, and I have nothing but respect for the staff and playing group.

“The drive is still there to play first grade footy, but at this time it’s important for me to do what’s best for my family, so we’ll head back to Queensland and I’ll look for some work and hopefully another opportunity presents itself in the future.

“It’s important for me to get into a routine outside footy as that’s all I really know, so I’ll get a job and if another opportunity comes, I’ll be ready.

JJ Collins receiving his club debut jersey in 2019 from Glenn Lazarus   JJ Collins receiving his club debut jersey in 2019 from Glenn Lazarus   Collins said his family comes before footy and wished the club all the best as they prepare for the upcoming season.

“If it was just my partner and I, we would have stayed, but having a young family I had to make the tough decision to put footy on the back burner and my family first, and to provide for them I guess is my main thing in life at the moment,” he said. “It’s going to be hard not training with the boys every day, they’re a great bunch of blokes and good playing group so I’m going to miss them.

“I think they’ll go pretty far this season and even go one better and take out the GF.”

More: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2020/05/22/jj-collins-to-depart-raiders/


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