Canberra Raiders youngster Mitch Cronin has described the uncertainty of being taken off the field in a neck brace as "pretty scary", but is relieved he's been given the all-clear after a nasty knock playing for NSW Cup side Mounties.
While Mounties lost the match to Auckland, it was the least of their worries after Cronin was taken by stretcher off Mt Smart Stadium in the early stages and taken to hospital for check-ups.
Every precaution possible is taken for neck or spinal injuries in the NRL, especially since the tragic injury which paralysed former Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon last year.
"For a couple of minutes after it happened I had a sharp numbness down my arm and the trainer told me to stay down and stay still," Cronin said.
"It's the first time it's happened to me. It was pretty scary to start with but it's all good now, just a bit of pain and I have to get it checked again this week.
"Fortunately by the time I went off, the numbness went away.
"I didn't know what to think at the time, but I'm relieved I can get back on the field as soon as I can."