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Matai Injury update

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Supreme Leader, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. Supreme Leader

    Supreme Leader Active Member

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    Does anyone have feedback on Matai's ability to return next season? I have had a couple of contacts saying he has had setbacks to his recovery in the last few days & weeks and that there is questions over his ability to return to football. Hope this is not true, would like to have his strength on one side of the field.
     
  2. Turbo1

    Turbo1 Scott Penn is a **** head

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    I heard that he was possibly not able to return but baz also said he will be right to return, I've got no idea.
     
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    • Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      The last story I read said he wouldn't know for sure if he could continue to play for about 6 months after the op.

      So a bit early to know for sure at this point, just keep your fingers crossed for Stevie.
       
    • Turbo1

      Turbo1 Scott Penn is a **** head

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      We need him and he deserves another year.
       
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      • tookey

        tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        His body is done and we should just pay him out so that he doesn't do any more permanent damage
         
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        • Shoe1

          Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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          If you have contacts then you are way ahead of most of us silvertails! What do the contacts advise?
           
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          Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

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        • Snake

          Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

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          Realistically we probably aren't going to have a chance at the premiership next season; the hope is that we will improve and make the 8 and if the stars align then top 4 at a stretch, but this season didn't leave me thinking we are building for a premiership any time soon.

          Therefore I hope Matai goes around again next season because his experience and understanding of the game can only help the younger players that just might be around when we actually do challenge for a title in the coming years.

          So even if his body is cactus, I think his brain is an important piece of the puzzle moving forward and that's why I think he should play on.
           
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          • yokahontas

            yokahontas Well-Known Member

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            The thing is, Steve has a whole life ahead of him post-football that he needs to think about.

            With his chronic injuries being neck, spine and nerve-related, I for one don't care what his experience and footy brain can do for the team - if there's any possibility that he will worsen his chronic injuries and impact his future quality of life, he should be handsomely rewarded for what he's done for the club and allowed to retire.
             
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            • Harry Smith

              Harry Smith I think i'm actually a bloody Sea Eagle

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              It's a weird spot we're in here, have Skivy risk having a major injury by playing him on or letting him sit back and retire for money, for me HE deserves to pick not us so only time will tell.

              Think he's going to be a part of the club for a long time to come, he may well end up joining the staff
               
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              • Loaded dog

                Loaded dog flaccid Member

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                With a smile...
                 
              • Supreme Leader

                Supreme Leader Active Member

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                Guess this is where the NRL need to step in and offset salary caps for players who can stay at a club for more than 8 years. Realistically how many players achieve more than 5 years? My info says that the rehab has stalled and he's is getting stiffness in the neck region. Agree whole heartedly that he should be the one that chooses when but at same time if unlikely we need time to get a "suitable" replacement for next season. This is where it is a hard call. If not player he should be in the training staff. As there is there are not if any quality left.
                 
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                • MadMarcus

                  MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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                  Am I the only one who laughed out loud when reading this.... and then cried?
                   
                • Woodsie

                  Woodsie played strong, done good.

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                  As usual it didn't stop you posting anyway.
                   
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                  • Harvies elbow

                    Harvies elbow Well-Known Member

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                    You can bet your sweet bippy greenturd and his gang faceless nothings will do bugger all favours our way salary cap wise whatever skivvy decides to do.
                    And Steve should be able to choose to go out his way.
                    But @yokahontas is spot on . Those types of injuries need careful consideration.
                     
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                    • Woodsie

                      Woodsie played strong, done good.

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                      Rest easy @yokahontas The only person making the decision will be Matai's surgeon. No club, the NRL or insurance company will let him get within 100m of a footy field without a full medical clearance.
                       
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                      • nightster

                        nightster grumpy old bastard Premium Member

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                        Wright
                         
                      • nightster

                        nightster grumpy old bastard Premium Member

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                        god ... you must be as old as me .... who else remembers Laugh-in
                         
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                        • Harvies elbow

                          Harvies elbow Well-Known Member

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                          I was pretty young. Guess it just stuck with me.
                          A lot of stupid stuff does.
                           
                        • yokahontas

                          yokahontas Well-Known Member

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                          I hope that is the case, what I mean is that there shouldn't be any pressure put on him either way, from the club or anywhere else. The decision is for Steve and his family to make, based on medical advice. I have no doubt the NRL will screw the club over salary cap/payout-wise if he can't play on, I just hope nobody within the club would stoop so low as to put any pressure on him because of that.
                           
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