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For years Tom Carter has been provoking footballing foes and opposing fans.His time at the Waratahs between 2004-13 was punctuated with feisty moments, and now in the club ranks with Sydney University he continues to show his hot-blooded emotions, often acidic tongue and sheer love of playing rugby every Saturday afternoon.Not even regular spectator barbs aimed at him can dent this on-field extrovert, described by Sydneys Daily Telegraph newspaper as one of the peskiest sledgers in the game, he revels in being the player many love to hate. Being a nuisance motivates him, drives him on.But there is a far softer side to Tom Carter. When out of his playing gear, he is polite, courteous, all embracing, who carefully considers what he says. Even a rugby diplomat.A Jekyll and Hyde?Oh massively, massively. Big time, he told ESPN.I know I polarise people... and many do find it strange that I am totally different when Im not playing. Off the field, I regard myself as deep thinking, very thorough, meticulous and more sensitive. On the rugby field, the more brash side does come out in me.The 33-year-old Carter knows he doesnt appeal to everyone. But he remains one of the few true characters of the Australian rugby scene, the type of player who attracts to suburban grounds spectators who either want to let out their frustrations by trying to stir him up, or just want to admire him for his rugby passion.TOM CARTER IS A CONTRIBUTOR TO ESPNS SCRUM5 PODCASTHere is someone who has made full use of his footballing abilities.Carter was not a flashy representative centre. He was more the reliable, diligent worker, who knew how to straighten the Waratahs attack, knew how to get them over the gain-line, tried to knock over anything that came his way in defence, and motivated all those around him through his sheer enthusiasm. The Waratahs organisation appreciated him because during his 84 appearances for the state he was dependable and totally dedicated to the team cause.He may never have seriously been in Test contention, but at the Waratahs was regarded as a real heart and soul operator, who gave the province a required edge.I probably over achieved. Everyone would say that I was not the most skilful person. I certainly wasnt the fastest, or most gifted, but I feel really proud that I was able to play that long for the Waratahs, Carter said.One regret is that you dont really enjoy it as you go along. You are so focused on getting another contract, or performing in the moment, but when I look back on my career with the Waratahs, it is something Im really proud of.Sometimes there is also the regret over whether I should have hung on for another year and won a Super Rugby title with the Waratahs. But I dont think anyone is entitled to that, so it was maybe fortunate the organisation moved me on and they won the trophy.He blames his aggressive on-field persona to the youngest brother syndrome; wanting to be heard when he had two elder brothers and an older sister growing on a 1,400 hectare cattle and wheat farm near Young in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales.Living on a farm when there were droughts, you do become pretty resilient and tough. You also learnt to stand up for yourself.He later moved to Sydney where his schoolboy cricketing days, especially as a close-in fieldsman, helped him refine his sharp vocabulary skills.I think I learnt how to sledge when I was at Turramurra High playing cricket.And what the public think of him has never really bothered him.It hasnt changed me much at all. If it had, I probably would have stopped trying to be so antagonistic, abrasive and in your face on the field. But over time, Ive tried to leave what I do on the field on the field, and be a really good bloke off the field to help grow the game.When youre young, you probably did get your back up about it all, and get concerned about what people were saying, or what journalists were writing about you. But as you get older, and a little bit wiser, you realise it is all part of the game. People are entitled to have an opinion. I love Wayne Bennetts comment that if you start listening to those on the sideline, youll end up there pretty quickly.Im still copping it from everyone on the hill at club rugby. But I dont mind. Some of my fondest memories is of those on the sideline at Manly Oval, or the Hillbillies at Rat Park, or walking onto the ground at Coogee or Eastwood, and that what makes club rugby special.A lot of sportsmen get so sensitive, and get filled with too much self-importance. The point is that the game needs interesting people to commentate on, and compel you to watch it. Also most of the criticisms aimed at you are pretty trivial.He has also discovered how to win over an edgy crowd. Earlier this year, when playing for the Students against Warringah at Rat Park, the Hillbillies spectators, who stand on the Hill on the ocean-side of the ground, took delight in baiting Carter all game.That didnt deter Carter during the traditional after-match function to make a speech in front of many of the Hillbilly fans, where he congratulated them for their enthusiasm, explaining how important they were to the well-being of the club rugby scene. One Hillbilly, moved by Carters sentiments, presented him with his Warringah club cap, and the supposed enemy after they had got stuck into me during the game ended up having a beer with them, and I really enjoyed that.But this link will soon end. He says this is his last year of club football. Hes uttered that a few times before, but is adamant 2016 will be his last season.Playing for the Students the past few years has revolved around giving something back to the game. But this season is it. Definitely this is it. I have been a dominant figure in the Uni change room, but its time for someone else to do it, and let this team grow.I will miss it. Playing is such an outlet. Those 80 minutes on a Saturday is the happiest you see me. You are able to express yourself, and you dont have to think about the worries you have in the world. It will still be good not feeling anxious on a Friday night.In rugby retirement, he will continue to diversify his talents. For the past three years, Carter has been running a strength and conditioning business, called Human Performance. This has involved working with several high profile Test cricketers- Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon, the Sydney Sixers cricket team, and Jarryd Hughes, who recently won gold at the Winter X games in snowboard cross.Carter is busy, but the first to admit that adapting to life after professional football can be very difficult- and an area which needs greater attention. He believes it is right near the top of the biggest problems confronting rugby.When I left the Waratahs, I really struggled to work out what I actually wanted to do.It was brutal. You felt lost. I didnt know what to do. Even though I had three university degrees, there were difficulties in being able to practically apply them. I was good at reading a textbook, but how can they be turned into getting a job? You didnt know how to sit opposite someone and sell yourself.The biggest challenge is your sense of self. You become accustomed to playing in front of big crowds on a Saturday night, where theres an enormous adrenalin rush, and youre very protected by the rugby organisation you are involved with.That all changes when youre in the real world, and if youre trying to run your own business, youre suddenly by yourself.You have to get used to the day to day grind. The problem with many men is that they dont talk about the loss of identity, the loss of an income and their standing in society. You go from being at the top of your tree to being a Neville Nobody, with probably no life skills to be able to cope with that.We talk about mentors and role models, but it is more important in this situation to actually have people sitting with you and taking you through what is required step by step to be able to adapt and fit in to the business world, which is far different from the days when you were being lauded as a superstar.It involves the mentoring having genuine relationships with the person who needs assistance. This is where players are told face to face that it is going to be tough, and there are moments when you think youre not going to make it, but you have to keep going and remain focused. It also has to be drilled into the player that you actually have to work hard to get somewhere in life.Carter, who received constructive one-on-one business advice which helped him find his direction post professional football, has never had any problem with that work ethic. Which way he goes next though remains a bit of an open book.Id like to coach one day, but before that I feel I need to leave the game for a while so I can develop other experiences and thoughts. I am eager to get more involved in cricket, and also hopefully I can learn enough skills in the high performance sporting area to one day be involved in an Olympic team, or something like that.Professional rugby does consume you. It sucks the marrow out of your life. Your family and friends, so many other things suffer because of that. You get into a vacuum of being a professional rugby player, continually trying to make yourself better, and Ive given so much to the game. Maybe its time to give something to the rest of my life.Yes, there is far more to Tom Carter than what you see on a football field. 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