Choppy happy to help community
LEAGUE: Former Australia rugby league star Chris "Choppy” Close has no problems giving advice to fellow NRL players doing it tough outside of the game.
He's been there himself.
The former Manly Sea Eagle and Gold Coast player was in Bundaberg last week on a promotional visit for Zoo Sports, a company he is involved in.
But while Close is doing well for himself after football, he understands others aren't.
He said some simple advice is to back themselves.
"What I believe in is if you are honest, you have integrity and do it all for the right reasons, then you are going to go alright,” he said.
"My first advice is that not everybody who gives you advice is your friend.
"If you need genuine advice go to your family.”
Close said that is what worked for him after living in regional Queensland and doing it tough early on.
He also believes in integrity with his business.
Zoo Sports provides apparel to sporting clubs around the country, including the Queensland Reds.
And after signing a licensing deal with the Queensland Rugby League, Close is hoping others, including Bundy, can get on board.
"This is the first time we have been a licensee,” he said.
"Our focus is on delivery and quality and provision of the protection of the sporting teams brand.
"We wanted to come up and tell the Bundy clubs who were where, what we do and what we provide.”
Zoo will provide apparel to Bundaberg Cycling for the Bundaberg Cycling Spectacular in December.
For more information visit the Zoo Sports Facebook page.