Stevie Ward’s career was a bit like a candle in the wind.
It burnt bright but was snuffed out all too soon.
The Leeds Rhinos star burst onto the scene as a teenager in 2012 becoming then the youngest ever Super League Champion, a record he’d lose to teammate Jack Walker in 2017.
His battle with injuries started that night however and he spent years in and out of the side.
In 2017 he defied the odds to return a week after a dislocated shoulder to play in the 2017 Grand Final.
However, more injuries followed but in 2020, wearing the famous 13 shirt as the first man to wear the jersey since Kevin Sinfield, he was named captain but in his first game as skipper he suffered a concussion that ended his career.
After a tough battle, Ward is in good spirits these days and is keen to get back on the rugby field he revealed on Sky Sports but not as a player sadly.
He wants to help rugby players, and others, understand what it takes to perform at their best as he explained on Sky Sports:
“I’m enjoying life, I have gone through the ringer. I have had so many experiences, so many condensed experiences in rugby if you like.
“Along the way I have dissected what is that mental place that we get into to perform.
“Now I go and share that with the world, I share it with young athletes and businesses and who knows maybe if I can get back on the rugby field I’d love that too.”