Anthony Mundine is back in the rugby league after 19 years away from the game.
Anthony Mundine, who turns 44 next month, is expected to return to the rugby league field for the first time in nearly 19 years.
The controversial sports star has signed up to play with the Matraville Tigers in the A-grid competition of the South Sydney district.
Mundine departed from St George Illawarra in May 2000, citing his lack of opportunities to play representative football.
He then went on to pursue a successful 18-year boxing career in which he held both the WBA super middleweight and IBO middleweight titles before he ended up with a knock out by Jeff Horn in January.
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"I just want to get back to the paddock," Mundine said. The Sunday Telegraph.
"I'm working on speed and muscles that I have not used since I last played it, I'll see how it goes, I'm going to be targeted because of my profile, but that's okay."
Mundine played 127 first-degree matches between 1993 and 2000 for St George, Brisbane and St George Illawarra and ran for the NSW Blues in all three 1999 State of Origin games.
He won the 1997 Super Premier League with the Broncos and played in the big finals of 1996 and 1999 with the Dragons, but the 43-year-old has not been on the field for almost 19 years.
"Age is just a number," Mundine insisted.
"I love the game and I'm a different beast. My body was not beaten up because I stopped walking 20 years ago, and the contact does not worry me, it's also a good opportunity to guide some kids."