The NRL says it is considering a proposal to allow the injury-ravaged football player Aaron Woods to play again after he was forced to retire from the game last year after suffering a broken arm in an altercation with a player on a Sydney club’s pitch.
Key points:Woods, who was in a wheelchair, was a star of the NRL and played for Melbourne Storm, North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos and the Canberra Raiders, was taken to hospital after the incidentThe NRL is looking into whether he can play againAaron Woods, who suffered a broken hand in a tackle at the footy ground in Sydney last year, has been granted a conditional release from the NRL after the club decided to honour the wishes of his wife and family, according to the ABC.
Key Points:The player had surgery to repair the broken hand after a match against the Canberra Cowboys in AprilMr Woods was playing in a reserve role in the club’s first match since his injury, when he was struck in the shoulder and knocked to the ground by a player in a Melbourne Storm shirt.
He was in intensive care at the time.
The NRL has received “a lot of inquiries” about whether Mr Woods could return to the game, but the club has decided to “respect the wishes” of his family, the statement said.
“We would like to see Aaron continue to play in the NRL, we have had a lot of enquiries about whether he could return,” a spokesman for the NRL said.
“But, of course, we would also like to make sure Aaron’s wife and children are not hurt.”
There are a lot more questions that we need to answer.
“Aaron Woods’ wife and mother-in-law, Laurie, and his sister, Hannah, said they were devastated by his departure and the NRL’s decision to grant him a conditional discharge.”
It’s so sad to hear the news and to know he has to go, but it is really hard to watch a person who was such a big part of our family go,” Ms Woods said.
Mr Woods’ brother, Chris, said he was still “in shock” and “wondering how he can get back on the field”.”
I can’t believe it’s come to this.
He was a good person and so many good people have died.””
I have no idea what’s going to happen with him.
He was a good person and so many good people have died.”
The NRL said it had been “in dialogue” with Mr Woods’ family and that it had “not yet been made a decision”.
Mr Woods played more than 50 NRL games and captained the Sydney Roosters from 1999 to 2002, before he retired in 2004.
He retired as the top-scoring player in NRL history with a total of 5,744 points.
“I would like the NRL not to make any decisions about Aaron’s future without fully understanding what the family has gone through, and the impact that Aaron has had on them,” the statement read.
“The NRL will consider the circumstances of Aaron’s situation at the end of the season and will respect the wishes and wishes of Aaron Woods.”