Rugby League Legend and Business Development Manager
One of the most resilient players the game has ever seen, Brent has overcome multiple injuries and forged an inspirational career in Rugby League. He has played for the Brisbane Broncos, NZ Warriors, and the North Queensland Cowboys Clubs while displaying true grit and determination throughout his career. Brent has represented the country 26 times for the Australian Kangaroos and played for his state in 23 State of Origin Games.
Over his sporting career, Brent has faced adversity and major setbacks, including 20 operations and countless injuries, putting his body, heart, and soul on the line for every game. Recruited by the Brisbane Broncos in 2001, he quickly earned a reputation as a player to watch. In 2002, Brent played his first State of Origin and received the Broncos "Rookie of the Year" award.
In 2003, Brent sustained a potentially career-ending neck injury only two years into his first-grade career. Against all odds, he was able to continue playing thanks to a special neck brace and excelled as a rugby league icon over an incredible 13-year professional career.
Brent was named the man of the match in the 2006 State of Origin in Game I and cemented his status as a Queensland Origin Legend despite suffering multiple injuries.
In 2008, Brent left the Broncos to join the Warriors and later joined the Cowboys in 2011.
Despite sustaining multiple injuries, including a season-ending knee injury during State of Origin Game III in 2007 and the third knee reconstruction of his career due to an ACL injury during the 2010 Four Nations final, Brent proved his mettle and excelled at the club, state and national levels. However, after another ACL injury in 2014, he retired following medical advice, leaving the game as a legend, inspiration, and perfect personification of what it means to wear the maroon jersey.
Following his retirement from Rugby League, Brent now works as a Business Development Manager at the North Queensland Cowboys, using the same tenacity and drive he displayed on the field. In addition, he is heavily involved in his Townsville community, along with local and national charities.
As a speaker, Brent has speaking engagements and media commitments all across Australia. He is also an official Mentor to the QRL, guiding Queensland's rising talent involved in Emerging Origin Squads and Queensland under-age teams. Brent has had numerous ambassadorial roles with Intrust Super and Westfund and has worked as a commentator for Fox Sports since 2015.
In 2015, Brent released his autobiography, "Iron Will: My Story".
Brent is both a legend and a gentleman of the game of Rugby League, a beloved Queenslander to those who respected his positive attitude as an elite athlete.