Big return for Burns to where it all began
RUGBY LEAGUE: Allora footballer Travis Burns has retired from big time league footy but plans to finish his career with one season back where it all began - the Wattles Warriors.
While he played his first rugby league at Texas, Burns rose to prominence at Wattles before a career that included 127 NRL games, 75 games in Super League and 447 points at the highest level of the sport.
He is one of a long list of former Warwick and District Junior Rugby League players to make a career out of footy.
After returning from playing in England, Burns joined Wynnum Seagulls for the 2017 season at Intrust Super Cup level.
"It was a chance to play in a team coached by Adam Brideson. We played against each other in Sydney,” Burns said.
"Wynnum is a great club and we just missed the finals but now I want to settle down into the new chapter of my career.”
He will play for Wattles next year and is in negotiations about coaching A-grade but a decision won't be made until a new committee is in place next month.
"I want to play one more season and then follow a coaching path,” he said.
"I have a level 2 coaching certificate and coached my son's under-7 team at Wattles this season with my brother-in-law Scott Keogh as my assistant.”
Looking back on his career at the top level, Burns said one of his greatest moments was making his NRL debut with Manly in 2005. He fondly remembers finals footy with Manly and Penrith.
"One of my best seasons was at Penrith in 2010 when we were tipped for the wooden spoon but finished second in the rounds before injuries hit us towards the end of the season,” he said.
After 12 years as a professional footballer at Manly, Penrith, North Queensland and in England, Burns has started his first job out of footy since 2005.
"I am selling new and used cars with a great company Black Toyota in Warwick and getting a buzz out of it,” he said.