Ireland and Connacht fly-half Jack Carty has admitted that he does occasionally consider what his life would have been like if he had pursued a career in football.
Carty has found considerable success in rugby, having played a crucial role for Connacht over the last few years while amassing 10 caps for his country to date.
However, the talented Athlone man could have had a much different sporting career, having played Gaelic football for Roscommon at underage level as well as playing football for the Republic of Ireland under-15 team.
Carty was speaking as a ‘Tackle Your Feelings‘ ambassador for Zurich and Rugby Players Ireland and admitted that while he does sometimes consider what could have been, he is happy with his chosen career path.
— RugbyPlayersIreland (@RugbyPlayersIRE) July 13, 2021
‘I could have been in a completely different place.’
“It’s probably something that I think about. I wouldn’t think about it that much or lose much sleep about it,” Carty explained.
“I suppose [I think about it] when I’d [look at] maybe one or two of the players that I played with – someone like Matt Doherty who I would have started ahead of.
“I’m kind of like, ‘Jesus, maybe if I’d given it another year or two I could have been in a completely different place.’ But look, it’s one of those things, you can’t do anything about it now.”
Jack Carty on his involvement with the family business.
Although certain elements of a career in professional football are superior to one in rugby (better pay for example) Carty is well aware of the negatives involved with such a career.
Carty was offered a trial with Southampton as a teenager, and while he ultimately didn’t go, had he been successful he would have had to leave behind his family in Ireland and live in England full-time.
The Connacht fly-half is grateful for being able to stay close to family, while acknowledging that rugby has allowed him to set himself up for a career in the family business after his playing days are over.
“If you think about the amount of players that I actually played football with, it’s such a small net – the amount of players that actually get through,” Carty said.
“The way I did it – I stayed back, did my leaving cert, managed to get capped for my country and I’m doing a good bit of work with my father at the moment in the family business (Oliver Carty meats).
“We’re launching a new brand this week – turkey lard-ons and turkey rashers. Even just getting to see that side of it, I think rugby gives you the opportunity to prepare yourself for after rugby. So I’m really looking forward to doing that as well.”