Here is a player who not only can perform on a rugby league field, he can perform just as well off the field when it comes to study.
Michael Oldfield is a respected player in our NRL squad and now even more since completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce at Macquarie University majoring in Finance.
Oldfield has juggled his study over many semesters - probably more than the average student - however, his perseverance and dedication have paid off.
Even though Michael deferred his study whilst playing Rugby League abroad, he knew he made a personal goal to himself to complete his degree and have it ready in the background for when he needed it, and he has done just that.
Earning his B. Commerce, Oldfield has made us all proud here at the Rabbitohs. It’s a challenging life to fulfil all your football and Club requirements let alone squeeze in weekly lectures and readings, continual assessment tasks, group meetings and numerous exams.
He has consistently managed to complete a few subjects per semester, increasing and decreasing his subject loading at university to fit in with football training and playing commitments.
He has managed to do this over his football career to date, including his junior years as an upcoming player and now as a player whom has earned his place in the NRL squad.
Michael is a great role model not only for his peers here at the Rabbitohs but for all our juniors coming through the ranks both here at Souths, Souths Juniors and all players across the NRL junior and senior clubs.
Players know that football is not forever and the time will come to transition out of the game (whenever and wherever that may be). Michael can now have peace of mind that he has taken positive action by having steps in place to move forward to other challenges and find success once football is over.
That may not be any time soon, however, his sense of wellbeing and attention to his life goals must surely be in a positive space.
Congratulations Michael and we are all so proud of you and your educational achievements.