Recently retired Rabbitoh, Ben Lowe, may be fresh out of his playing days but the quest for excellence felt by all players is far from over, with Lowe now keen to apply his strong work-ethic learned within the game to the next stage of his life.
Lowe, 30, played 117 first grade games for South Sydney between 2008 and 2015, having made his first grade debut against the Bulldogs in round two of the 2008 season, establishing himself as a work-horse of the Rabbitohs pack until calling time on his career earlier this month.
Still recovering from bicep surgery, Lowe shared his high hopes for the future with Rabbitohs.com.au.
“If nothing else, Rugby League’s given me a strong work ethic so I’m keen to put in the same energy into the next stage of my life,” said Lowe.
“I’ll be doing some part-time stuff around Souths, so I’ll still be getting my footy fix, but Rugby League’s given a lot to me over the years so I’m looking forward to putting something back into it.”
One aspect of the one-club-player’s post-football career will be taking the opportunity to work with kids through coaching clinics and mentoring roles – an initiative that the 30 year old feels particularly strongly about after his own experience as an aspiring footballer meeting former Queensland and Bulldogs great, Steve Price.
“When I was a young bloke, Steve Price came to my school in Toowoomba and presented a signed shirt to me in front of the class – I was such a big fan of his,” remembers Lowe.
“He was very good with the kids and I didn’t really know it then but that was an important moment in my life – it kind of inspired me to aim high.
“He was a great role-model and because of that, I thought that if I was ever in the position to give back, I’d make the same sort of time for kids because you just never know what kind of positive effect it can have.”
While Lowe misses playing, the forward is now actively preparing to take on life after football with the same gusto that he played – part of that will include supporting his teammates in any way possible for the remainder of the season.
“I guess it’s tough to watch from the sideline because part of me feels as though I could still be out there, but I can still play a small role in my own way,” said Lowe.
“I’ll still be poking my head about and definitely making sure I’m supporting the boys with everything I’ve got. This team, the Club and the boys are very dear to me and I still feel very much a part of that.
“I’ll play whatever role the team needs to me to play so they can be at their best.”
Among a string of achievements during his career, Lowe was a part of the Rabbitohs’ 2014 Premiership winning squad and was an integral part of the Club’s record breaking World Club Challenge victory over St Helens earlier this year.