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Jharal Yow Yeh retires from NRL

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Career shattered: Jharal Yow Yeh breaks his leg against Souths.

Career shattered: Jharal Yow Yeh breaks his leg against Souths. Photo: Getty Images

BRISBANE: Former Test and Queensland State of Origin winger Jharal Yow Yeh has announced his retirement from rugby league.

Yow Yeh, who suffered a horrific lower leg injury while at the top of his game for the Brisbane Broncos two years ago, announced his decision at a media conference in Brisbane on Monday morning.

The 24-year-old said he could not continue to fight complications brought about by the badly broken leg suffered against Souths in Perth.

Broncos chief executive officer Paul White said everyone at the club had utmost admiration for the way Yow Yeh did all in his power to return from the injury, undergoing multiple surgeries to get back on the field.

Yow Yeh, who made his return to the field playing for Norths in the Queensland Cup late last season, was overjoyed when he played for the Broncos in the NRL pre-season, lining up at centre against North Queensland.

But the injured ankle took pace and agility away from one of the best finishers in the game and he realised he could not play at the level required.

"He has left no stone unturned in that goal, and it was wonderful to see him play again during the trials this year," White said.

"But now it is time for him to move on to what is next."

Broncos players and officials gave Yow Yeh a standing ovation as he delivered his retirement press conference.

Despite his brave comeback falling short of where he'd hoped, Yow Yeh said he was content.

"I'm happy this is off my back now," he said.

AAP

9 comments so far

  • Best of luck young man. You were an amazing player.

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    meatatarian
    Date and time
    March 17, 2014, 1:05PM
    • poor guy, takes a lot of courage to put up with that much pain

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      Bill Gated
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 1:56PM
      • What a class young man. Despite the disappointments and challenges he handled himself with such distinction. . Wish you every succcess and happines in your future.

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        SKot888
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        March 17, 2014, 2:06PM
        • Agree he was an amazing player, all your life ahead of you, many opportunities to be great again.

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          bbb
          Location
          SYD
          Date and time
          March 17, 2014, 2:23PM
          • Good decision - brave and logical. Travel well, stay strong.

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            PaddoBeeGee
            Date and time
            March 17, 2014, 3:28PM
            • One of the greatest young talents on the scene - such a joy to watch him play. Thanks and best of luck for the future.

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              Riccardo
              Date and time
              March 17, 2014, 4:09PM
              • Jharal, your still a Champion. Best of luck.

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                Paul C
                Location
                Toowoomba
                Date and time
                March 17, 2014, 6:58PM
                • As a Dragons fan, I just wanted to acknowledge your efforts as a professional rugby league player and as a person.

                  You may have had your career cut short but you have excelled in leaving a legacy of achieving so much in so little time, not to mention the manner in which you have conducted yourself.

                  You are a true Champion to both young and old. Well done, mate!

                  Commenter
                  Old Kogarah Boy ..........
                  Date and time
                  March 17, 2014, 7:29PM
                  • Why has the media decided that his name should be pronounced differently from that of his father?

                    Commenter
                    Cayce
                    Location
                    Brisbane
                    Date and time
                    March 19, 2014, 6:29AM

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