STIG DARING TO DREAM
FORMER Newcastle half Ryan Stig has overcome an illness that could have killed him and is keen to revive his NRL career.
Stig was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2013. The condition was so severe he endured a five-week period where he could only drink water. He travelled to Mexico, Switzerland and Germany in a bid to discover a treatment.
This struggle came just a year after doctors told Stig a blood clot behind his eye would end his career. Stig returned through the Knights’ NSW Cup ranks earlier this season and played two games, while he’ll run around in the local competition with Wests Newcastle this year.
Stig revealed Wayne Bennett offered him a lifeline to resume his top-flight career at the Broncos this season, but he knocked it back due to family commitments in Newcastle.
“I still had an association with Wayne because he was my coach at Newcastle when everything went pear-shaped.”
Ryan Stig during his first stint with the Knights.