The Courier-Mail

My neck is on the line

- DEAN RITCHIE

RABBITOHS forward Kyle Turner has conceded one more neck injury would likely end his NRL career.

He injured his neck in the pre-season All Stars game and returned in Round 21, only to be knocked out against Penrith at ANZ Stadium.

He claims his neck is now “stronger than ever”, but admits the fear factor is still there when he takes to the field.

Turner is preparing for tomorrow night’s game against the Sydney Roosters, knowing he considered quitting rugby league eight months ago.

“If there is a worry about it in the future then I’ll definitely consider (retiring), 100 per cent,’’ he said.

“There were times when I thought maybe it might be time to hang up the boots.

“But I love the game too much. And I love the team too much to give up and not try. I think it’s good the way I have come back from it.”

At the moment though, Turner is only thinking finals.

Specialist­s have cleared him to play, and the 23-year-old is primed to help the premiers go back-to-back.

“I am doing rehab pretty much every day,” he said.

“My neck is stronger than ever. Sometimes I forget I have even had surgery.

“I have pulled up great. The club has really looked after me. I have had numerous head scans and have seen all the neurosurge­ons.

“Nothing is wrong from what we can see. So until something either comes up or I’m not feeling right ... we’ll worry about it then.”

Turner revealed he has spoken to former rugby league players Brent Tate, Mat Rogers and Anthony Quinn about the injury.

“Within myself, I was pretty confident I was fine,” Turner said. “The Panthers game was a bit unlucky and the timing of it was pretty bad.

“But no dramas since, which is good, touch wood. I’m just looking forward to playing some finals football now.”

I love the team too much to give up and not try

KYLE TURNER

 ??  ?? LOOKING FORWARDS: Rabbitoh Kyle Turner, with neck brace, only has eyes for the finals. Picture: Gregg Porteous
LOOKING FORWARDS: Rabbitoh Kyle Turner, with neck brace, only has eyes for the finals. Picture: Gregg Porteous

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