Championship player forced into extended period of absence due to worrying injury

Sadly it is becoming more and more common to see rugby league careers ended by head knocks.

Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward’s time as captain ended after one game because of concussion which he struggles with today three years moved on from the event.

Meanwhile, Ireland Rugby League World Cup star Luke Keary is said to be one head knock away from retirement.

Leeds star Morgan Gannon also revealed this week that it took him six weeks to get over a head knock sustained at the end of last season.

This recurring issue has crept into the Championship with Andrew Dawson of Whitehaven forced to step away due to head knocks.

The club released the following statement:

“Whitehaven Rugby League are saddened to announce that Andrew Dawson has decided to take an extended period of absence from the game and has ended his time at the LEL Arena.
“During the season Andrew suffered some head knocks which made him unavailable for selection towards the back end of the Championship Campaign and following a period of reflection he has made the decision to step away from the game entirely which the club support.
“During his two seasons at the LEL Arena Dawson made 35 appearances scoring one try vs Halifax at the LEL Arena in 2022.
“Everyone at the club wishes Andrew and his family well in the future.”
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