Broncos veteran Darius Boyd has made the stunning admission that there is “no chance in hell” he will relocate to Sydney if that is the only way to keep the NRL season going.
Boyd announced he would be retiring from the game earlier this year but could be set for an early farewell with the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk saying NRL teams are not exempt from quarantine laws.
The NRL is exploring a number of options including relocating teams, including Brisbane, to isolated bubbles in and around Western Sydney.
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There is a general consensus that everyone in the game is willing to do whatever it takes to get matches back up and running.
But even with so much to lose, Boyd has made the brave call to put his mental health first.
“No chance in hell I could do four months away from my family and that’s something I wouldn’t be OK with,” Boyd told 7NEWS .
“The game of rugby league is very important to a lot of people (but) at the end of the day your mental health and wellbeing is a lot more important.
“So many games, at so many different levels, if I did miss out I’d be pretty content with what I’ve been able to achieve.”
Newcastle Knights skipper Mitchell Pearce would not need to move but was supportive of Boyd’s decision to put his mental wellbeing and family before anything else.
“I can totally understand what Darius is saying,” Pearce said.
“Darius has got kids, I’ve just been engaged and the wellbeing thing is definitely something that has to come into consideration.”
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Boyd has been a strong advocate for mental health during his playing career, recently signing up as an ambassador for MATES in Construction QLD.
It would be a sad ending to Boyd’s career if he was forced into retirement as opposed to being given the send-off he deserves, with the Broncos starting the year on fire with two-straight wins.
Originally published as’No chance in hell’: Star’s defiant stand
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