Some players can find it hard to adjust once their playing days are over but former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Tim Brown certainly isn’t one of those.
It was a shock when Brown – at just 31 years of age - called time on his football career at the end of the Hyundai A-League 2011/12 Season to return to his studies.
But is has paid off big time for the ex-All White star with his company Allbirds - a San Francisco-based sneaker startup – going from strength to strength.
Brown co-founded the company in 2015 with Joey Zwillinger.
And just this week it was announced that hedge fund company Tiger Global Management would inject US$17.5M worth of funding into the thriving business.
It’s reported Brown’s brand of sneaker has a huge following in San Francisco, and he plans to use the new money to expand his brand in the US and internationally.