Hull KR have this morning announced the release of Super League forward Tom Garratt due to concussion problems.
The forward joined Danny McGuire’s side ahead of the 2022 Super League season from the Dewsbury Rams, impressing with his big carries and stoic defence.
However, a concussion injury sustained earlier in the season has caused problems ever since and Garratt and Hull KR have made the tough decision to part ways.
KR posted on their Twitter page: “Hull KR can confirm Tom Garratt has been released from the remainder of his contract by mutual agreement. Tom leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the club.”
Hull KR can confirm Tom Garratt has been released from the remainder of his contract by mutual agreement.
Tom leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the club. pic.twitter.com/upjeaLH5MC
— Hull KR (@hullkrofficial) August 24, 2022
Interim head coach Danny McGuire had previously said that Garratt would be out for the rest of the season.
“He’s still with the medical staff,” said McGuire.
“Until I get any further information that he’s allowed to train properly, he’s obviously still not available for selection.
“It’s frustrating for Tom. He’s been running and doing bits and bobs but he’s still not able to do any contact.
“He’s in the same situation he was in a few weeks back. Until he’s symptom free he can’t advance his training; he’s still got a fair bit of symptoms when he runs and trains.
“At the minute, he’s not ready for training yet so he’s not going to play this year again.”
It’s sad news for such a promising forward who made the step up from Championship to Super League seemingly with ease after being given a chance by former KR boss Tony Smith.
Though not having played since April is a worrying sign and it remains to be seen where Garratt’s future lies in the game or whether medical advice could force him into a sad early retirement.
Everyone at Serious About Rugby League passes on their well-wishes to Tom for the future.