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McKinnon leaves Knights off-field role

  • McKinnon leaves Knights off-field role

    NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 29: Alex McKinnon of the Knights looks on before the round 25 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Hunter Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Alex McKinnon says his off-field role with Newcastle helped him re-establish a sense of purpose but it's time for a new challenge.

Former NRL player McKinnon, who was paralysed during a game in 2014, has vacated his role in the club's player recruitment department which he held for around 18 months.

The 25-year-old will turn his attention to public speaking.

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McKinnon was forced to give rugby league away when he suffered a devastating spinal injury in a tackle three years ago.

"It's hard telling people who have helped me so much over the last year-and-a-half, but I need to get out of my comfort zone," he said.

"I can't put all my eggs in one basket. I need to challenge myself and just go for it."

He thanked the club for providing an opportunity as he progressed through his rehabilitation.

"Having that sense of belonging - a lot of people in life seek that, and I got that back," he said.

"I've always had that through football. Obviously, I lost that getting injured.

"I found that again working at the club."

McKinnon said he hoped to inspire people as a public speaker, while he will also take on an external role as a scout.

"I can maybe help other people from my experiences," he said.

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