NRL superstar Tom Trbojevic finds his post-football career: Sea Eagles try-scoring machine follows in footsteps of famous club legend
- Star Manly Sea Eagles full-back, 25, landed role as asset finance broker
- Tom Trbojevic works with iFin Capital Group as he juggles his NRL career
- Former Manly coach Geoff Toovey also works in finance as an accountant
NRL superstar Tom Trbojevic has already started preparing for life after football, securing a part-time job as an asset finance broker with iFin Capital Group.
The Manly Sea Eagles fullback, 25, recently completed a business degree with a major in finance – and when he’s not training or playing he now works closely with clients at the company based in the Sydney CBD.
Trbojevic, who won the Dally M Medal last year and is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury, said working in the tough industry provides important life balance.
He is also following the financial path of his former coach Geoff Toovey, who is a qualified accountant.
“Turbo” recently explained why he chose a corporate career as an asset finance broker in an interview with Annie Kane, editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business.
NRL superstar Tom Trbojevic has started preparing for life after football, landing a part-time job as an asset finance broker with iFin Capital Group
The star full-back said working in finance provided a much-needed balance to his footy commitments (pictured, with Kristi Wilkinson at the NRL 2021 Dally M Awards)
“It all started at the end of 2019, iFin Capital sponsored my junior rugby league club (Mona Vale Raiders),” Trbojevic said.
“Their work matched what I was studying at university, so we had a chat and I’m very grateful that they gave me an opportunity.
“I’ve always loved math – ever since high school – that’s why I went this route.”
The full-back also revealed there were similarities in his financial gig with the NRL.
“It’s a team, we work to get the best results and the communication has to be effective,” he said.
“My goal is always to seek the best results for our clients.
Sea Eagles’ Tom Trbojevic is helped from the field after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in May
The 25-year-old landed heavily on his shoulder during the game against Parramatta at CommBank Stadium
“Being part of their journey is great, and I knew even before I finished my studies that I had to take the plunge and experience everything (as a broker) first hand.”
Trbojevic also stressed the importance of taking courses with the Commercial and Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia (CAFBA), as knowledge of the industry is crucial.
“You want to know as much as you can about the industry,” he said.
“I remember in a couple of my first meetings I didn’t say much because I didn’t know enough at the time.
“Getting my Certificate 4 in Financial Services was very important, as was my degree…it took me seven and a half years to get it, but I finally got the green tick.
“I’m always looking to learn as much as I can.”
Earlier this month, Trbojevic confirmed he would not feature for Australia until the Rugby League World Cup in the UK later this year.
He opted to focus on his shoulder just ahead of the 2023 NRL season, which will delight Manly fans, who haven’t seen their superstar on the pitch since May following his dislocation against Parramatta at CommBank Stadium.