Scare: Perth and New Zealand striker Smeltz. Photo: Getty Images
Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz has had a skin cancer scare after a melanoma was found on his leg during a routine physio check-up.
The New Zealand international was diagnosed with stage-one melanoma during the check-up. In an interview with magazine FourFourTwo, Smeltz revealed a melanoma was found at an early stage. ‘‘The last year has been a bit tough injury- and health-wise,’’ Smeltz said. ‘‘I’ve just had keyhole surgery in my hip and I was recently diagnosed with stage-one melanoma when they found a suspicious mole on my leg.’’
Smeltz immediately underwent treatment to remove the melanoma and was fortunate to have discovered it at an early stage.
Smeltz announced on Monday that he had been given the all-clear and encouraged his fans to also undergo routine checks. Smeltz avoided long-term concerns but his wife Nikki says the health concern shocked her family.
‘‘We got it at a good time, but still, it was frightening,’’ she told FourFourTwo. ‘‘We are still waiting on tests just to confirm they got it all and it hasn’t spread, but so far so good. Fingers crossed.’’
The prolific goalscorer will miss the start of the A-League season with a hip injury, sustained during Perth’s pre-season campaign. The 31-year-old recently underwent surgery that could keep him sidelined for up to three months and also puts him in doubt for the All Whites’ World Cup play-off in November.
Meanwhile, Central Coast Mariners received a $10million boost to their coffers from the federal government to transform their Centre of Excellence training facilities into the nation’s hub of indigenous football development.
The Mariners will use the grant to complete the second stage of development at their training base in Tuggerah, which includes a new 1500 spectator grandstand, floodlights, facility upgrades and a new car park. It will also allow the Mariners to pay for talented indigenous footballers from rural regions to train with the club.