Final siren for M’bah Mustangs league coach Damien Quinn
FATHER Time has caught up with Murwillumbah Mustangs lock Damien Quinn, who has retired after five seasons of service in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
It has been a successful journey for Quinn who is ready to begin the next chapter of his life.
Quinn (pictured right) has already been named as a selector for the Australian Catholic Schools Under-15 side with his final NRRRL appearance a 34-6 loss against Ballina in the grand final a fortnight ago.
He spent four years in Wales, followed by a year in France that allowed him to undertake courses to learn the language.
Family and the pull of home drew him back to Australia as he signed with the Mustangs in 2011.
Quinn went on to win a premiership in 2012 before assuming the coaching position for the 2013 season.
When this season drew to a close, the father of three knew the time was right to enter the next chapter of his
life at home while spending more time with sons Harry, 6, Felix, 5, and daughter Bo, 3.
"Samantha is a teacher but is studying a law degree," Quinn said.
"She needs more time so it'll be good to hang out with the kids and help.
"We're on the family farm out at Mooball near the creek, so it'll be good to spend more time with the family out there.
"I'm not going anywhere, I've got a lot of time for the club and the people involved with it.
"I'll definitely be supporting the boys and I'm looking forward to having a beer on the hill and watching the footy."
Quinn said that having children helped put life and the bigger picture in perspective and is thankful to his family, who have been there every step of the way.
"When I walked off on Sunday, I was a bit upset and my son Harry came up and said 'Dad, you lost by a lot' and I laughed and said 'thanks mate'," Quinn said.
"That's a great leveller and kids are good like that.
"When you look at Nic (Crompton), who was stretchered off during the game, and the bloke from the Seagulls who had a heart attack, you realise it's just a game and kids help to make you realise that."