Parramatta legend Brett Kenny has reached out to the NRL and the Eels for opportunities after the COVID-19 pandemic put the rugby league great out of work.
The four-time premiership-winning Eels playmaker was made redundant from an apprentice and traineeship recruitment role on Monday and has offered his services back to the game he loves.
He has already messaged ARLC chairman Peter V’landys while he has also contacted Parramatta believing he has something to offer to the next generation of players.
“I’d like to see if there are any opportunities with the Country Rugby League as I’m on the Central Coast,” Kenny said.
“It is going to be hard given they have put a lot of people off during the virus, but we’ll see what happens.
“I’ve also left a message at Parramatta to talk to anyone.
“I just let them know if any sponsors or anyone could do with an old ex-footballer.
“There was a job on seek with the NRL with schools going back to work, but I have to get on to someone because I think the applications are closed.”
The legendary Eels playmaker is devastated about the position he’s in, and hopeful of resurrecting his career with a return to the rugby league ranks.
But first, Kenny had to content with a daunting visit to Centrelink.
“I had to ask what to do because I’ve never been in this position before,” Kenny said.
“I’ve been put off at other places in the past, but I usually have another job to go to.
“But it has been quiet through this coronavirus period, so the company said they can’t afford to keep everyone, so my position had to go.”
Kenny retired from rugby league in 1993, but he keeps a close eye on his beloved Parramatta.
He endorsed Jai Field as the man to replace Dylan Brown following his ankle injury.
Brown is expected to be sidelined for an extended period after falling awkwardly during the Eels’ big loss to South Sydney.
Eels coach Brad Arthur has options at No.6, including Jaeman Salmon and Brad Takairangi.
Kenny, though, would like to see Field given another chance after impressing in his three NRL games this season when he replaced the injured Mitch Moses.
“I would leave Moses at halfback and let him control everything and then have Field as a ball running five-eighth,” he said.
“I was impressed with Field when he played earlier this season. He is really fast on his feet and I think he would cause opposition defences some headaches with a bit of spark.”