#Andrew #Davey has a message for all: never give up on your dreams.
The 29-year-old second-rower from #Mackay was sick of family and friends telling him to give up on his dreams of becoming an NRL player.
#But he got his break in the 2020 NRL season when he got to run out with the #Parramatta #Eels in round 10.
#This led to a life-changing call from his manager after round 18.
#His manager told him he had been offered a two-year contract with #Manly, and finally had been offered the money he had been waiting a lifetime for.
#All he wanted was to be able to support himself and his partner.
“#When my manager rang me and told me what money I was on [with Manly], I was thinking, ‘#How good!'” #Davey told the #Sydney #Morning #Herald.
“I am going to be an NRL player and get to have my partner and be in a financial position to support her. #Finally, I had had a win.”
#But in an awful blow, #Davey’s partner — whom he had been separated from physically for seven months due to COVID-19 — broke it off with him.
“I proved I was worth it. I proved that I was capable of being an NRL player. #But then I lost my partner on top of it.
“I was always a battler just for an opportunity, and finally I was given something of worth so I could have my life all together … but COVID-19 took its toll.
“I keep saying to people this has been the best and worst year of my life.”
#Davey will resume his pre-season campaign with #Manly on #Monday, and says he is using his heartbreak as a launchpad for 2021.
#Having given up everything to be with the #Sea #Eagles, #Davey said he was set to begin with the club with a no-regrets attitude.
“#It was hard to leave when I did, but it was my last opportunity. #If I didn’t take it, that was it,” #Davey said.
#He said he had already been made to feel welcome at the club by senior figures like #Kieran #Foran and #Daly #Cherry-Evans, who had been “so good” to him during this year’s short pre-season period.
“#It’s funny when you’re my age when you come into the system, and I’m only new to the system. I’m not playing with players that I watched growing up,” #Davey said.
“A lot of kids play when they’re 20 and they’ve watched their heroes play and they get to play with them.”
#But his message is clear for anyone being told their dreams are too grand or they should give up.
“I don’t know how many times I was ridiculed for what I was doing. #People were saying, ‘#What are you doing that for? #You’re never going to make it’,” #Davey said.
“#But I wouldn’t change it because I’ve done something that I’d always dreamed of doing. I took the scenic route, but I made it, and there’s nothing stopping someone else from doing the same thing.”
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