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Footballer tackles study in preparation for the future

Published:13 November 2020

CQUniversity MBA (Leadership) student and elite footballer Michael Morgan with his wife Brianna and baby girl Penelope Quinn

He’s an elite sportsman by day, a CQU student by off-season and he knows full well the importance of planning for life after football.

While many of his rugby league colleagues are enjoying an off-season break, Michael Morgan is focusing on his studies.

The Townsville product, who is also a state, national and Australian representative player, is currently studying a Master of Business Administration (Leadership) with CQUniversity which is a self-paced post-graduate course that is delivered entirely online.

Designed for emerging and aspiring leaders, the MBA (L) is a highly flexible degree that is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines, allowing someone like Morgan to study when, and how, it suits them.

“The MBA (Leadership) was ideal for me as uni commitments can be difficult with a training schedule that can vary week-to-week,” Morgan explained.

“Off season is the best opportunity to get uni work done and even if I’m away on holidays, I’m still able to take my study with me.”

Morgan is a footballer by day for most of the year and has recently added ‘dad’ to his repertoire yet despite the added distraction, he’s still managed to find time around work and family life to slot in study.

“I missed a lot of football this year (due to COVID then surgery), so I was able to get more course work done,” he explained.

“While I'd much rather be playing every game, the study gave me something good to focus on while I was away from football.

“I've finished two assignments so far and am about to start my third unit (marketing). My wife Brianna is very encouraging of me doing the course so she helps keep me motivated and pushes me to do more.”

Morgan, who has been playing rugby league professionally for over a decade and remains at the peak of his career, said he understood the importance of having a plan for life after football.

“I don’t think many people know exactly what they want to do once they finish school or in my case, once they finish football,” he said.

“Getting some sort of qualification keeps options open and could lead you down a path to something you really enjoy.

“I know I won’t be playing football forever, so I want to be well-prepared for when the time comes.”