‘Don’t know how much longer he will go on’: Roosters’ tough decision on Boyd Cordner

Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner has to have some serious conversations with the club over whether he can keep playing the game of rugby league.

Veteran journalist Andrew Webster believes Boyd’s toughness has seen him play through the pain over the years, but concussion issues are potentially career ending.

“I think it is going to get to a really tough decision for the club and Boyd when it comes to his future,” Webster said on The Big Sports Breakfast.

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“He is 28 and he is starting to age before our eyes. I don’t know how much longer he will go on.

“That has been an issue for that club. They have been discussing his longevity as far back as 2013 after they won the grand final.

“They weren’t that keen on him going to the grand final and he did because that is just the type of player he is.

“You just know that Boyd Cordner will very much struggle to make the call so it will have to be the Roosters that do it and I think they will make the right decision when it is needed.”

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Cordner has been ruled out of the Roosters’ Round 19 clash with the Sharks, despite passing concussion protocols as the club takes extra care with their captain.

Cordner has scored 50 tries in 178 NRL games for the Roosters since his debut in 2011 and played 15 Origins for NSW and 20 Tests for the Kangaroos and captained all three teams.

Webster lifted the lid on Cordner’s horrific injury list throughout his career that has contributed to his standing as one of the toughest players in rugby league.

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“I’m concerned for him like everyone else,” Webster said.

“He is one of if not the toughest player in the NRL.

“He has had a horrific list of injuries dating back to when he was 16 from broken jaws, ACL, cartilage in both knees, ankle injuries.

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“But he said he has been lucky which is very typical of Boyd Cordner.

“The head is a bit different though and he has had a series of head knocks in the last couple of years.”

The Roosters have a history of taking extra precautions with head injuries and Cordner has played just 10 games this season as he has dealt with concussion issues.

Roosters’ Boyd Cordner during the Knights clash in Round 18.Source:News Corp Australia

Webster revealed the Roosters are privately worried about Cordner’s long-term future in the game on the field, but backed the club to make the tough calls when the time comes.

“I know there is a lot of concern there privately about Boyd,” Webster said.

“But I would back the Roosters over just about any other club to do the right thing by their player when it comes to concussions.

“Boyd Could have been back more than a month ago. But they stood him down for longer. The same with Luke Keary, Jake Friend and Ryan Matterson when he was at the club.”

Originally published as‘Don’t know how much longer he will go on’: Roosters’ tough decision on Cordner

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