Enjoying life abroad

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Given the Edmonton Eskimos lack of Canadian depth on the roster, they could use Rob Leblanc right about now.

But the former receiver couldn't be happier working on the other side of the world.

Part of a management-consulting firm - Oliver Wyman - Leblanc has spent the last four months in Qatar.

"It is very different," he said. "But I am enjoying it thoroughly. It is a great experience."

A receiver with the Eskimos in 2005 and 2006, Leblanc played 17 games last year.

Not by his own choice, he didn't return this year.

However, the 24-year-old got a chance to visit with old friends - like Patrick Kabongo - during a quick return to Toronto for the long weekend.

"(Playing football) was a great chapter in my life. I loved every minute of it," said Leblanc. "But when it was over, I embraced that and moved on.

"I have been out there, travelling (in Qatar) seeing some amazing stuff. If I was still in Edmonton I wouldn't have had (that) opportunity."

Living out of a hotel, Leblanc is scheduled to work in Qatar for another two months.

"Society is very different there," said Leblanc. "For starters, it is a conservative Muslim country.

"Society is very segregated. There are local (people) who are very well off.

"But then there is a huge labouring class that is brought in from east Asia that work tremendously hard for very little."


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