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Beau Champion spent one season in Melbourne.

That year in 2011 saw him score eight tries in 16 games on Storm's right edge, helping the Club to a preliminary final berth.

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Champion also had stints at the Gold Coast and Parramatta with most of his football (80 of 107 games) played with South Sydney.

After retiring in 2015, Champion bought two gyms in Chatswood and Matraville, NSW.

Purchasing a chain of gyms what not necessarily in the 'life plan' but it was an opportunity he found himself falling into.

 "I was pretty open to anything (after retiring)," Champion said.

"The opportunity sort of arose through a friend of mine and I basically just put one foot in front of the other and went from there.

Champion also dabbles in some ambassador work for the Rabbitohs and recently accomplished his goal of pursuing what has always been his off-field interest.

The 30-year-old recently acquired his real estate license and after 12 months of hard work is excited to start digging his heels in.

"I’ve always had a passion for real estate and have always been around it," Champion said.

"For the last 12 months I basically did a lot of study, got my full license and now I am just trying to sell.”

It is that 'say yes to everything' mentality that has really helped Champion with his transition into life after football.

For a player who had to fight for everything he had, the he is grateful for the lessons he learned during his playing days.

"There was a lot of adversity I had to face during my rugby league career," Champion said.

"I think that once you do transfer over to normal life you go through that adversity. There might be things that don’t happen straight away.

"Those are some of the traits that I learned in rugby league that I have taken over to work life now.

"You have just got to stick in there, persevere and work harder than the person next to you because a lot of the time you start at the bottom when you are transitioning out of your rugby league career and have to work your way back up again."

While one season does not seem like long for a player to build a fondness with a club, Champion loved his time at Storm.

He still bumps into former teammates from time to time and enjoys swapping stories from those Melbourne days.

"It was a time that when I reflect on it now it was probably one of the best years of my life," Champion said.

"Everything was just done on another level, we were just one step better than everybody else.

"Basically from the front office, through to the recruitment, the way we trained… we were just one step better.

"You watch the Melbourne Storm today and those same sorts of things are still happening with the same process and it is all down to the culture of the place."

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