BREAKING your arm and having your return delayed after picking up a bone infection, then re-breaking your arm in your comeback game would be enough to convince some people to hang up their boots.
That exact thought played on the mind of injured Rabbitohs centre Matt King, before he realised he had "the best job in the world".
With the club seemingly well placed to challenge for a title, King said he had made the decision to play on, at the same time trying to pick up some coaching skills for a possible career after retirement by helping out with the club's U20s side.
"If I can maybe play one more season after this one, then hopefully I'll be set up for a career post-football with coaching. That's kept me positive," the 32-year-old said.
The form of fellow centre Bryson Goodwin has also kept the Casino junior optimistic, along with the way his second-placed team was going ahead of tomorrow night's clash against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
"I'm really proud of Bryson. I guess you could say he was down the pecking order when he arrived, with me, Dylan Farrell, Shaune Corrigan there, and Andrew Everingham and Chris McQueen that can play in the centres," King said.
"But he worked so hard and got himself stronger and fitter."
King said the Broncos, with four wins this season, have looked impressive because they were sharing the workload well in the absence of retired legend Darren Lockyer.
"Justin Hodges is in the form of his career because their forwards are all working so well together, and he's getting good ball on the back of that," King said.
"There's nothing much harder than going to Suncorp Stadium, but we've got a coach (Michael Maguire) that works harder than anyone, and the boys all want to re-pay him."