NRL Rd 8 - Bulldogs v Roosters
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Tevita Pangai Junior of the Bulldogs looks on during the round eight NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia on April 30, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

After announcing his retirement from rugby league, Tevita Pangai Junior has made a stunning revelation that he never liked playing the sport in the first place.

Pangai Junior, who was a surprise debutant for the New South Wales Blues this year in the State of Origin series before being cut after a single appearance, has struggled to hit anything near his potential during his time at the Bulldogs and is now set to pursue a career in the ring as a boxer.

The 27-year-old has played 34 games with the Bulldogs since making the switch ahead of the 2022 season. That came after a short six-game stint at the back end of 2021 with the Penrith Panthers and, prior to that, 96 games with the Brisbane Broncos between 2016 and 2021.

The barnstorming prop, while inconsistent, at his best, has always shown the potential to turn into one of the best forwards in the game.

"I knew I dropped below my standard as an NRL player, and I couldn't live with myself if I was to go out again next season," he told 9news.

2023 State of Origin - QLD v NSW: Game 1
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Tevita Pangai Junior of the Blues looks on after defeat during game one of the 2023 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues at Adelaide Oval on May 31, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Pangai Junior has also made a stunning revelation, revealing that he never liked playing rugby league in the first place and that the sport was forced upon him as a child.