Former Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils halfback Jackson Hastings has emerged from surgery following a devastating injury.
The Wests Tigers halfback’s ankle was snapped in a horror tackle by Brisbane Broncos’ Pat Carrigan who has subsequently been banned for four games.
However, in his usual accommodating self, Hastings was seen taking photos and signing autographs at the end of that game despite being on crutches.
Of course, Hastings is an incredible ambassador of rugby league and is always willing to go the extra mile for fans so when the Daily Telegraph’s Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield suggested he was wrong to do this for the fans, the halfback just had to reply after surgery.
— BUZZ ROTHFIELD (@BuzzRothfield) July 31, 2022
Hastings tweeted in response: “Just out of surgery, the road to recovery and hard work starts now. As I’ve said I still have goals to tick still this year and will be pushing hard to achieve them. Wanna thank everyone for the get well wishes you guys are legends! Get behind the boys at Campbelltown Sunday.
“And just wanna say sorry to the supporters who paid there hard earned cash to support us especially after a hard year for walking around and signing and taking photos with you post game… lol. Appreciate you guys!!”
And just wanna say sorry to the supporters who paid there hard earned cash to support us especially after a hard year for walking around and signing and taking photos with you post game…
lol. 😂 appreciate you guys!!
— Jackson Hastings (@JackoHastings) August 3, 2022
The halfback is set to enter a tough period of rehab, but it’s a lot better than initially thought with Hastings originally believed to be out until the end of the season.
However, the Tigers are hoping Hastings will be back before then though there was controversy about Carrigan only getting a four-match ban for a ‘hip-drop’ tackle that saw him referred to the judiciary immediately.
It’s a tackle that has been clamped down on in recent seasons following numerous injuries, but Hastings seems to be in good spirits!
Everyone at Serious About Rugby League wishes Jackson well in his recovery.