Rohan Smith reveals Leeds player won’t play at request of specialist

Last year Morgan Gannon missed out on the semi-final and the Grand Final after getting concussed against Catalans Dragons after a thunderous clash with Sam Kasiano.

Then against Hull FC the exciting young backrow suffered another head knock.

Unsurprisingly, Gannon then missed the St Helens clash but also sat out the Wakefield Trinity game and then the defeat to Castleford Tigers.

This isn’t mandatory but is an example of Rohan Smith protecting the youngster especially with Smith previously confirmed that Gannon had had an MRI: “We feel it is important with young players particularly but players in general that they do a suitable amount of training and make some effort to improve strength and technique and not just ticking the boxes and doing the protocols.

“Morgan has had an MRI and we’re just getting all the information together so we can get him to return.”

Smith confirmed that again Gannon won’t feature against Catalans Dragons today after seeing a specialist:

“No he won’t be this week. He saw a specialist last week and he needs to go back to check up.

“He hasn’t had any symptoms or issues and given his age we are being cautious especially because of the recommendations.

“It is the specialist’s request [that he doesn’t play.] They are given us the direction and we are dealing with that.”

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