Rory forced to quit

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

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.

FI­NAL WHISTLE: Cow­boys pre­mer­ship win­ner Rory Kost­jasyn has been forced to re­tire be­cause of a throat in­jury.

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