Canterbury centre Kerrod Holland’s NRL career appears to be over after he revealed he is unwanted at Belmore beyond this season.
Holland will return to Newcastle to resume his career as a tradesman and play local footy as he prepares for his second child in December.
At only 27 with five seasons under his belt, Holland insists he is content with Canterbury’s decision not to renew his contract, saying it is time to put his family before football.
“I’ve made a decision with my partner about 12 weeks ago that we are going to go back home,” Holland said.
“I’ve booked the removalist truck and we are moving back to Newcastle.
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“The club is moving in a new direction, and so they should, so I’m going to go and enjoy these last few games with a club that has supported me.
“Then it will be my time up – my days in the NRL are pretty much numbered.
“My partner and I have been down in Sydney for five years away from our family and I’ve got a young family that I didn’t have when I first started.
“I’d like for it to continue but I don’t think it is going to. Unfortunately, you don’t always get the fairytale and I’m happy with that.
“I’ll go back to the tools I suppose. I’m a sparky by trade but I told really want to do that, so I’ll find something.”
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Holland was keen to finish his rugby league career in the English Super League, but travel restrictions following the coronavirus made a move too difficult.
He is open to joining Newcastle – his team as a kid – but he hasn’t heard from the Knights yet.
“I’ve left that with the hands of my manager, but that (Newcastle) is probably the one place that I’d love to go,” he said.
“I grew up supporting that team but if that doesn’t come to fruition then I’ll retire the boots and play local league I’d say.
“I’m disappointed that it is going to end, but I turn 28 at the end of this month and I’m not getting any younger.
“I know I can still play in this league, but it comes to a time when it isn’t about me anymore.
“I’ve got a young family and it is time to put them first instead of myself.”
Holland would love to keep playing but he is satisfied in what he has achieved in his 69 NRL games, including 20 tries and 80 goals.
He also has fond memories of his debut in 2016 when he kicked the matchwinning goal against Penrith after the full-time siren.
“We will be in the gym here and the boys will bring up the video and still play it,” he grinned.
“It still gives me butterflies, even though I don’t like to watch it as it was a bit embarrassing.
“But there was also pure joy and happiness that I was able to debut and I couldn’t have picked a better ending to my debut.”