Not everyone gets the opportunity to go out on their own terms, but if Knights hooker Rory Kostjasyn never plays again, his retirement will be particularly tragic.
The former Cowboy injured his throat in a training accident, and has yet to take the field for his new club. According to Fox Sports, Knights coach Nathan Brown has suggested that he may never get that opportunity.
“Rory is highly unlikely to play at this stage, which is unfortunate,” Brown said. “I would think it’s highly unlikely that Rory will ever put a boot on for the club, unfortunately.”
Brown lauded the leadership of Kostjasyn, who brought with him the experience of winning a premiership with the Cowboys.
It’s a sad way for any player to bow out, and we hope for his sake that he eventually makes a full recovery, whether he chooses to continue playing or not.
Kostjasyn played 126 first grade games for the Cowboys and Storm, and 3 Tests for Ireland.