Former NRL Star Nathan Friend Reflects On His Career
The Rush Hour with AB & Elliot
Former NRL star Nathan Friend has reflected on his incredible footy career - including how things have changed a lot for footy players since he was a young player.
The NRL All-Star and Gold Coast Titan founding player dropped in to chat with On The Rush Hour with AB & Elliot for a special edition of Where Are They Now.
The Toowoomba-born Friend spoke about juggling his early NRL career with a bricklaying job, helping him "pay the mortgage and pay the bills" after signing with the Broncos on $7,000 a year.
"I knew what hard work was and I knew I'd have to get back into the workforce at the end of my career," he said, before reflecting on how different things are today.
“Once upon a time there was no minimum wage, and now it’s 100k and they kind of demand things they haven’t earned. That’s where we have issues.”
After 34 games with the Storm, Friend played 121 games for Gold Coast. He then spent two years with New Zealand before returning to the club he called home.