Rory forced to quit
FORMER Cowboys utility Rory Kostjasyn has been forced to retire without playing a game for his new club Newcastle after being unable to fully recover from a throat injury.
Kostjasyn sustained a complex throat injury during a routine preseason training session with the Knights in January, copping an accidental blow from a teammate which caused a fracture to the Cricoid cartilage in his neck.
The 30- year- old has undergone a number of surgeries to repair the injury, however his airways have been significantly narrowed and the medical advice was for Kostjasyn to retire from the NRL.
Kostjasyn started his career at Melbourne in 2010, but he played the bulk of his 126 NRL games in Townsville after linking up with the Cowboys in 2013.
He played a pivotal role in North Queensland’s 2015 premiership victory before shifting to Newcastle at the end of last season and Cowboys coach Paul Green said it was a tough decision to let the versatile footballer leave the club.
“It was a really tough decision for us to let him go because he is such a good bloke and such a good player,” Green said.
“He was part of our premiershipwinning team here so he’ll always have that.”
Kostjasyn is set to remain in New- castle working with their under- 16 and under- 18 teams as an Elite Pathway Development Coach.
Green had high hopes for Kostjasyn’s next chapter and expected him to thrive in the new role.
“We’re disappointed for him, but by the same token and knowing Rory the way I do, he’s pretty tough mentally so I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to the next part of his life,” Green said.