STIG DAR­ING TO DREAM

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

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.

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