Jack Bishop is supported by older sister Tegan at the Toowoomba Hospital yesterday after he was injured in a TRL under 18s game between Valleys and Wattles at Clifton’s Platz Oval on Sunday.
Jack Bishop is supported by older sister Tegan at the Toowoomba Hospital yesterday after he was injured in a TRL under 18s game between Valleys and Wattles at Clifton’s Platz Oval on Sunday. Dave Noonan

Rising footy star vows to return

PROMISING rugby league talent Jack Bishop has vowed to play again after suffering a serious neck injury in the TRL under 18 game between Valleys and Wattles at Clifton on Sunday.

Bishop landed on his head and was knocked out while making a tackle late in the second half of Valleys’ 44-6 win at Platz Oval.

He was transported by ambulance to Toowoomba Hospital where X-rays revealed four fractured vertebrae. Fears were also held that Bishop could be paralysed as he couldn’t move for minutes after the tackle.

Bishop’s mother Sheryl yesterday said the prognosis was better than first expected but the fullback, who celebrated his 17th birthday on March 22, would have a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

It also comes at a bad time in his life as the Harristown State High School Year 12 student is looking to pursue a career as either a personal trainer or in the army upon completing his schooling.

Bishop was in improving spirits yesterday while receiving a new neck brace in his bed at Toowoomba Hospital and was hopeful of being discharged today.

The keen rugby league player, who is also a member of the Toowoomba Clydesdales under 18 squad, is determined to return to the field.

“I want to play again. I hate sitting out,” he said while still wearing the Valleys jersey he donned in Sunday’s game.

Sheryl Bishop was relieved her son’s injuries weren’t as bad as they initially looked but she was worried how Jack would handle a prolonged time out of the game.

“Things could have been worse. He’s devastated at the moment. He’s a bit crushed,” she said.

“The biggest killer is his spirits. He just loves playing. It would kill him sitting on the sidelines. “(But) his spirits are a little higher today. At this stage things are probably looking promising for him.”

Valleys stalwart and under 18 coach Eugene Seddon said he immediately thought Bishop could have been seriously injured when he saw his young charge land on his head with the weight of two players then falling on top of him.

“It happened in front of me and I thought that looks serious,” Seddon said.



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