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Bulldogs forward Max King reveals his mission to abstain from sex and his strong Christian faith

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NRL star reveals why he is abstaining from sex, how he avoids temptation – and his teammates’ reaction when he told them the news

  • Max King, 24, is determined to abstain from sex until after he’s married
  • The Bulldogs forward said while it is ‘difficult’, he had the support of his team
  • King is an avid Christian and regularly attends Sunday church services    

An NRL star has candidly opened up about his decision to abstain from sex.

Bulldogs forward Max King, 24, said he’s determined to wait until after he’s married, but added it can be ‘difficult’.

King, an active Christian, said he has the support of his Canterbury teammates, although admitting at times they do ‘take the p**s’.

‘It can be difficult. There’s lot of influences,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.

Bulldogs forward Max King, 24, said he's determined to wait until after he's married to have sex, but added it can be'difficult'

Bulldogs forward Max King, 24, said he’s determined to wait until after he’s married to have sex, but added it can be ‘difficult’

The staunch Christian said while there are influences, he was determined to wait

The staunch Christian said while there are influences, he was determined to wait

The 24-year-old said he had to be careful about what environments he put himself in and who he hung around with away from the footy field. 

‘I talk openly about it with the boys and they respect me for who I am,’ he said.

‘I don’t mind the boys taking the piss, I’m fine with it, because I’ll be taking the piss out of them for something.’

Not many footy players have openly declared their missions to stay away from sex.

In fact King is the first to make the revelation since St George and Cronulla star Jason Stevens said he was abstaining in 1999. 

King regularly shares passages from the bible to his Instagram page, while posting photos of himself attending church services.

‘No better way to spend Sundays,’ he captioned one photo of him at a service.

The 24-year-old (pictured with Storm legend Cameron Smith) said he had to be careful about what environments he put himself in and who he hung around with away from the footy field

The 24-year-old (pictured with Storm legend Cameron Smith) said he had to be careful about what environments he put himself in and who he hung around with away from the footy field

King recently spent 14 months recovering from a foot injury. He said his Christian faith helped him gain back confidence (pictured in Bulldogs versus Knights trial match)

King recently spent 14 months recovering from a foot injury. He said his Christian faith helped him gain back confidence (pictured in Bulldogs versus Knights trial match)

King is the first footy player to announce he was abstaining from sex since St George and Cronulla star Jason Stevens (pictured) who made the revelation in 1999

King is the first footy player to announce he was abstaining from sex since St George and Cronulla star Jason Stevens (pictured) who made the revelation in 1999

Back in 2018 he told Insight Exclusive that when he was a teenager his parents didn’t even know about his strong faith.

‘I had just turned 17 when I finally admitted that I had been living a double life. My big secret? I was a closet Christian,’ he said.

‘Yep, every Sunday, I would dress for the gym but would drive to church. I would change when I arrived, and then change back into my gym gear, before heading back home.’

Speaking to Newscorp, King said his faith has only been heightened by his recent battle with a foot injury.

The footy player had to pull out of playing with the Melbourne Storm last year when he developed the deformity known as Haglund’s Syndrome – an abnormality of the bone and soft tissue in the foot.

He couldn’t run or walk without pain but after 14 gruelling months he’s finally ready to make his debut for the Dogs in their opening round on Sunday night.

The athlete said he always felt ‘I had god with me’ which gave him the confidence to continue his footy career.

King, who has played with Melbourne and the Gold Coast Titans, will star for the Bulldogs on Sunday night

King, who has played with Melbourne and the Gold Coast Titans, will star for the Bulldogs on Sunday night

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