Boyd in good space if NRL career over

Darius Boyd is ready for life after football if his final NRL season is scrapped by the coronavirus.
Darius Boyd is ready for life after football if his final NRL season is scrapped by the coronavirus.

Life after NRL may start sooner than Darius Boyd first thought due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Brisbane stalwart reckoned he was in a good head space if that were to happen - as he plans to expand his project to help the mental health of players and the wider community if his career were to abruptly end.

Boyd, 32, announced before the 2020 kick-off that he would draw the curtain on his glittering career at season's end, ending months of speculation about his future after Brisbane's record 58-0 finals first round exit last year.

However, after just two rounds the NRL is in limbo following the unprecedented postponement.

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold admitted this week he feared the veteran of 319 games and two premierships may be denied the send-off he believed the former club captain richly deserved.

But Boyd said he was at peace with his situation after putting plans into place to expand his thriving mental health workshops next year.

Boyd has become a fixture in recent years in the Broncos' community programs delivering resilience workshops to schools, providing coping strategies on how people can best deal with adversity after overcoming his own personal demons.

He has emerged as a new man after making the brave decision to cut short his 2014 season with former NRL club Newcastle to be treated for depression in a health clinic.

Now he is hoping to help others - and reckons his program may be more important than ever for fellow players.

"I am really passionate about the mental health space, and I want to stay in rugby league as well," he told Fox League when asked of his plans if the pandemic shut down his career.

"I do a bit of work for the club already but the mental health space is really important to me, something I have gone through and there is a history in my family as well.

"Mental health is not going anywhere particularly with what we are going through at the moment - it is only going to get worse.

"My wife and I have a couple of ideas of what I want to achieve so it is exciting times for us ahead."

Boyd was not sure whether he had already played his last game but claimed he would retire happy if he was denied another chance to don the Broncos jersey.

"When I started I was a shy, introverted person, probably had a chip on my shoulder, didn't have a lot of trust, empathy or gratitude for a lot of things," he said.

"I learned the hard way with some of the things I had to go through but rugby league has given me so much to become the person I am today.

"I have achieved a lot of accolades in a football jersey but more importantly it is the person that I have become and changing my life for the better (that I cherish)."

Australian Associated Press