APN welcomes Jharal Yow Yeh to the Punters' Lounge

APN has pulled off a recruitment coup with former Brisbane, Queensland and Australian winger Jharal Yow Yeh joining its rugby league coverage for the rest of 2015.

In the coming months, Yow Yeh, will comment on the game's hot topics, share his views on games and State of Origin and, when possible, take us behind the scenes at the Broncos and Queensland.

Readers will be able to ask him questions through social media when we ask what you want to know through Facebook posts so keep an eye out for that opportunity.

Got a question for Jharal? Add you comment in the section below or email Ticker at wayne.heming@apn.com.au

APN Sportsdesk will aim to ask a selection of your questions through weekly videos with Yow Yeh which you will find under the Punters-lounge-2015 tag in our online sports section. You can comment on these too.

Punters' Lounge - NRL round six, 2015: Wayne 'Ticker' Heming welcomes Jharal Yow Yeh to the Punters' Lounge.
Punters' Lounge - NRL round six, 2015: Wayne 'Ticker' Heming welcomes Jharal Yow Yeh to the Punters' Lounge.


"I'm really excited about the opportunity to comment about the game that I played and loved and still love," said Yow Yeh, whose blossoming career was tragically cut short by an horrific ankle injury suffered playing for Brisbane against South Sydney in Perth in 2012.

After undergoing skin grafts, battling infections and enduring eight operations in 10 months during which he battled depression and the fear of losing his foot, Yow Yeh made a brave bid to play again.

Despite medical opinion suggesting he would never play again, Yow Yeh made a comeback for his junior club Norths Devils in a FOGS Cup match 13 months after being carried off the field in Western Australia.

Brisbane Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Peter Myers described the sickening injury as the worst he'd seen in more than 30 years of treating rugby league players.

Yow Yeh -- who had the rugby league world at his feet before his injury -- announced his retirement on Monday, March 17, 2014, at age 24.

He scored 33 tries in 60 games for Brisbane, has the rare distinction of scoring a try on debut for Brisbane in 2009, played in the Indigenous All Stars in 2010 and completed the Grand Slam with tries on debut for both Queensland and Australian in 2011.

The Broncos still employ Yow Yeh and he does a lot of work within the indigenous community encouraging children to go to school, eat healthy and play sport.