Mix-up means Rothery's out
CENTRAL Comets enforcer Alan Rothery never thought he’d be playing rugby league again this weekend , and to his disappointment he won’t be.
Miraculously Alan returned to the training paddock with the CQU Norths Chargers on Thursday night just 10 weeks after suffering severe nerve damage in his right leg following a horrific truck crash.
The 29-year-old truck driver was eagerly awaiting his return to the sport tonight in the club’s final regular match of the season.
However, an administration mix-up, which resulted in Alan not being registered to play before the June 30 deadline, means he won’t be turning out for the Chargers this season.
“It’s disappointing because I’ve only played one game this year,” he said.
“It would’ve been nice to test it out. To get into a tackle with it and get it pulled on and see how things hold up.”
An optimistic Alan initially had his sights on a return for the Comets a fortnight after the accident, but as time wore on the former Canberra Raiders NRL star’s hopes began to fade.
“It was wishful thinking. Deep down I didn’t think I’d play again this year,” he said.
“I’d always wanted to. But, not only with my leg, I wasn’t confident I’d be up to it.”
However, since the accident Alan has since returned to work and has made regular visits to his doctor and physiotherapist.
He said he was improving quicker than expected.
“Every time I went and saw them they were surprised how far it had come along,” he said.
While he still doesn’t have feeling below his right knee, Alan has earmarked a return to the field in Comets colours before season end. “I’ll be back at training on Monday and I’ll see what happens,” he said.