NSW Blues captain Maddie Studdon has been left without a job after choosing to play in the inaugural Women's State of Origin on Friday night.
In a post-match press conference, NSW coach Ben Cross revealed the news which sent shock waves through social media.
Studdon, who held a position as a shift-worker at the wharves in Port Botany, resigned from her job last week but it an easy decision for the 23-year-old.
"I was always going to pick rugby league, especially that Origin jersey," Studdon said.
"I couldn't get the commitment off them and I was putting in my 100 percent as well.
"This is my job (captain of NSW) and if that's how it's going to be I'm so proud and happy with how it turned out," she said.
In a piece for the PlayerVoice, Studdon wrote it came time to make a choice between rugby league or work.
It has been hard to get time off work for her rugby league commitments, but unfortunately, this is not a new issue as Matildas defender Laura Alleway brought the issue to light in 2015.
Studdon, who loved her job, found it hard to juggle the shift work with the game she loved, worried about her health, she wasn't enjoying her work as much.
Earlier this month, the Women's National Championships were held on the Gold Coast and after time off to attend, Studdon wasn't sure she would get more for Origin.
She went into a meeting thinking she was going to be sacked but wanting to do into Origin with a clear mind, she resigned instead.
"I just said, ‘Thank you for helping me out. I appreciate it. After my football career, hopefully I can get back on at the wharves’. They were great. They said, ‘All the best for your career, hopefully we’ll see you back here’," she wrote for PlayersVoice.