Stevie Ward will be forever remembered amongst the stands at Headingley for his influence in Leeds’ dominance in the 2010s.
A real tough nut, the forward did, however, retire due to a number of serious concussions and side effects.
Ward has since broadcast his journey on a number of outlets, including ITV, in an attempt to highlight the effects of head injuries whilst playing sport.
For a two-time Grand Final and Challenge Cup winner, life away from the sport hasn’t been easy, but he is attempting to help others through his own journey by keeping people posted of the troubles he continues to face.
But, one of the main side effects of the troubling concussions has been the devastating migraines Ward has faced.
And, he posted an emotional tweet stating that he is “just so tired” of the debilitating effects sustained on the rugby league field.
Just so tired of migraines now…
— Stevie Ward (@Ste_Ward) August 11, 2021
Ward did receive a considerable amount of support after detailing these effects.
Sorry to hear that youre still suffering after all this time. Bad enough you have to give up the sport you love without all the illness. Youre doing a great thing helping others, look after yourself.
— Glynis Hayes (@glymal8) August 11, 2021
Big risks playing the game you put your life on the line for our entertainment all we can do is thank you and hope some day there is peace for you 💙💛
— Will Sykes (@WillSyk81023658) August 11, 2021
Hope it gets easier for u mate 6 years on for me and still bad but every brain injury is different so don't give up mate you got this 👍
— Connor lynes (@con_lynes) August 11, 2021