UTILITY player Vineet Chand will be missing from the Navua soccer side for the next six months.
The 25-year-old joined the Fiji Police Force yesterday and said it was a necessary move.
Chand is the youngest of the four brothers — Rajnil, Mohit and Rohit — who have all represented Navua.
He said he needed to focus on securing his future and football can wait.
"I am a USP graduate but had no formal employment until now," the Nakaulevu lad said.
"And since a normal football career spans around 15 years, I am willing to put aside just six months for my future.
"Once I know my future is secure, I will resume playing football again and then I can concentrate on my playing career."
He said his family supported his decision and were very happy he was finally going to have a stable source of income.
"Football is a passion, not employment."
Chand's best friend and Combine FC teammate Ronil Kumar also joined the Fiji Police Force yesterday and said he was also looking for work.
"Vineet and I have been friends since 2002 when we were in Form Two at Rampur College and played in the under-15 team," the 24-year-old said.
"We are so close that when our team goes to camp somewhere, one of us will bring the mattress and the other will bring the pillows.
"So when he told me he was joining the force and asked me if I wanted to, I said 'sure, why not'."
Combine FC coach Manoj Kumar commended the two for making a positive change in their lives.
"I am very happy for these two players because football is always there but there is much more to it and one key factor is livelihood and so I support the decision," he said.
"These two are very good boys and excellent soccer players and I heard Vineet was being considered for the national Futsalside.
"For him (Chand) I can class him with footballers like Esala Masi, Zibraaz Sahib and Sheik Moshin in terms of discipline."