Hard-working back rower Alex Barr has retired from rugby league as he has taken up an exciting opportunity with Wynnum Manly Seagulls’ Principal Partner BMD.
Barr first arrived at BMD Kougari Oval in 2016 and went on to play 80 games in the red and green.
The 2019 Grand Final member let his team mates know earlier in the season that he would not play in 2021.
Barr averaged over 100 run metres per game and scored eight tries in his last full season for the Seagulls.
An opportunity to take on a leadership role in human resources with BMD prompted the edge back rower to hang up the boots.
“I loved my time at Wynnum, especially the great culture at the Club,” said Barr.
“I was fortunate to get an opportunity with BMD three years ago, where I started in the payroll team and am now leading human resources in Melbourne.”
Barr can see why BMD and the Seagulls are both successful organisations who have enjoyed a wonderful partnership together spanning over thirty years.
“BMD and Seagulls are aligned in their values – they both care about their people first, and have strong, positive cultures.”
The former Brisbane Bronco credits Head Coach Adam Brideson with helping him develop as both a person and a player.
“I spent ten years with ‘Brido’, from my time at the Broncos Under 20s and then with the Seagulls.
“”Brido’ gave me such good advice, on the field and also off the field which helped me become a better person.”
Barr will remember fondly his final season at the Club and is looking forward to joining the Seagulls Past Players at a game in the future.
“My favourite memory was the 2019 campaign, especially the finals series and preliminary win over the Blackhawks in Townsville, and the whole Grand Final experience.
“I can’t wait to be on that hill in the Chook Pen with all the former players.”