Young NRL gun Nicho Hynes has opened up about hitting 'rock bottom' and battling suicidal thoughts after finding himself broke, depressed and alone in a foreign town.
The 24-year-old, from the NSW Central Coast, started playing rugby league when he was five years old and the game was all he 'thought of and dreamt of'.
He went on to turn his dreams into a reality when he debuted with the Melbourne Storm in 2019 - but his road to success was not without its obstacles.
The five-eighth sat down with ThNks. Collective to share how he dealt with crippling depression as he struggled to process the tragic death of his stepfather as a child and a criminal mum who was in and out of jail for most of his childhood.
'I would never wanna put anyone through or put myself through it again,' he said.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Melbourne Storm's Nicho Hynes (pictured with his girlfriend Morgan) has opened up on his tough upbringing
The five-eighth sat down with ThNks. Collective (pictured) to share his remarkable story from 'humble beginnings' at Umina Beach to a career in the NRL
Hynes, who was born in Gosford, said he didn't leave the Central Coast until he was about 20 years old.
'My mum and my dad split up when I was very young, I think I was about two years old,' he said.
His mother began dating Brendan, a truck driver, and the family moved to Maitland - before tragedy struck.
Brendan fell asleep behind the wheel and died.
'Obviously mum was pretty distraught and I had to go back and live with the father and my step-mum,' Hynes said.
'My mum was in and out of jail from when I was about five to 12 years old, pretty much my whole primary school life I had to live without a mum.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Hynes said he was 'very fortunate' to have someone to live with as he 'easily could have gone down the wrong path'.
'I wouldn't be sitting here today,' he said.
Hynes (pictured recently with his girlfriend) debuted with the Storm in August 2019
The 24-year-old reflected on his interview with ThNks. Collective on Matty Johns Face-to-Face and spoke to his inner-demons
Hynes also recalled the devastating moment he watched his mum being taken away in a paddy wagon.