Brown renews calls for 18th man option

first_imgWinger Ross suffered a potentially serious ankle injury when his left ankle was folded under him in a first-half tackle against the Rabbitohs in Round 3. He stayed on but the injury deteriorated throughout the game.However the club lost fullback Brendan Elliott and back-rower Sione Mata’utia (who is also the player generally used as a centre to plug mid-game backline injuries) to concussions, forcing Ross to finish the match.Speaking after the game, Brown reiterated his desire to be able to call on fit reserves in order to protect not just players suffering concussion but also players like Ross, who are then forced to play under duress.”The game’s got to address this situation,” Brown said.”It’s not why we lost the game [but] we had two in concussion bin, no-one can replace them, you’re supposed to be protecting players, then you’ve got to leave blokes out there who are hurt playing out of position. How does that make sense?”The game has got to address this. With legal cases now coming up (ex-Knights winger James McManus is taking legal action against the club over its management of his concussions), doctors are more cautious, we’re not addressing the bigger problem.”The bigger problem is there’s injured players being forced to stay on the field because we don’t have any players left.”He said Ross would “definitely” have come from the field if there were adequate replacements.”Because we had two blokes in the concussion bin which many years ago they would have kept playing and there wouldn’t have been a problem. We know why there are rules being addressed which is great and I think we’re all on side but we need to introduce more people,” Brown said.”We’ve all got a fresh 18th man sitting there. We had Josh King today sitting there.”Brown also referenced the Titans’ gutsy win over the Eels on Friday night, which saw several players come from the field for head injury assessments and several players playing out of position at the injury-ravaged club as an example when an 18th man would have been appropriate.last_img read more

Ferran has participated in 50% of Valencia’s goals since November

first_imgFerran Torres shows again that it is sweet. Assistance to Maxi Gómez, after a great individual action, in the match against Barcelona again exhibits that his performance in the team has become capital. In fact, Since last November 9, when he scored against Granada, he has participated in 50% of his team’s goals.Torres accumulates four goals (Granada, Villarreal, Levante and Mallorca), and four assists (Levante, Valladolid, Logroñés and Barcelona). During this period his team has scored a total of 16 goals, having participated in half of all of them. At just 19 years old, the canterano remains unrenewed and the big clubs in Europe have focused on him. However, in Valencian offices they work to give continuity to a player who at his young age is already vital for the team.last_img