Former Hull KR forward Tom Garratt, who left the club by mutual consent following concussion problems, has posted a heartfelt message on his social media.
Garratt hasn’t played since April following side effects of a head knock, but he is hopeful of making a comeback to the field for 2023.
Garratt stated on Instagram: “Not the year we thought we would get, but it was the year we got! I want to thank Hull KR and Tony Smith for giving me the opportunity to fulfil a dream and play in the super leage. During the past year the club and the medical team have been nothing but supportive in issues I have faced both on and off the field.
“I’m truly gutted that my time at the club has come to an end. The most difficult aspect is most likely that my first opportunity to play at the highest level has been taken away from me for things out of my control. Especially when it started so promisingly.
“Just to clear up, since leaving the club I have seen a doctor and an osteopathic specialist who have confirmed that I don’t have concussion and potentially never did. Following the injury to my jaw, cervical instability had caused damage to autonomic nerves and circulation in my neck causing a lot of ‘concussion like’ symptoms. It was very complex and hard to diagnose what was wrong, hence the lengthy absence.
“I am now however, following treatment, back to full fitness and my old self again. Which I must say is an amazing feeling.
“I want to thank the fans for their endless messages of support throughout the injury, it really does mean a lot. Hopefully I can play in front of you again some day and have proper closure. Thank you also to the coaching staff and the boys (most notably the Bradford bus) for keeping me sane.
“So onto the next chapter and believe me, I cannot wait to play rugby league again.
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
See you around. TG26.”
Garratt would certainly be an impressive recruit for any Super League or Championship club.