Jharal Yow Yeh announces his retirement
BRISBANE winger Jharal Yow Yeh's brave two-year battle to play again after suffering the worst leg injury in rugby league memory is finally over.
The Brisbane, Queensland and Australian winger officially announced his retirement today at the Broncos Leagues Club in front of emotional teammates, coaching staff and Broncos management, entering the press conference to a rousing round of applause from his former teammates.
The 24 year-old flyer, who made his NRL debut aged 19, scored 33 tries in 60 games for the Broncos playing his way into Queensland and Australian jerseys in 2010 and 2011 before suffering an horrific ankle injury playing against South Sydney in Perth early in 2012.
He underwent 10 operations and a number of skin grafts on his ankle in a desperate bid to make it back to the NRL.
Fittingly he pulled on a Broncos jumper in a trial match last month against North Queensland.
Yow Yeh said he didn't want to make the decision without giving a comeback his best shot.
"In my head I knew I wanted to get back so after I did everything I could to achieve that, the decision was easier to make," Yow Yeh said today.
He said he was grateful the injury which ended his budding career happened after he had achieved his lifetime goals of playing for Queensland and Australia.
"It was a satisfying decision to know I gave it (comeback) everything and that I wasn't going to go any further.
Regarded as a great team man, Yow Yeh said his decision was based heavily around not letting his teammates down.
"These boys here (players) that I go out to battle every week; knowing they've been here through everything for me, they are the, club, that's what kept me going. I never wanted to let any of them down.
An emotional coach Anthony Griffin, who steered Yow Yeh's career through it early years at the Broncos, said it was "a tough day for everyone."
"It's tough to see a young bloke come into the club at 17 and finish like this," said Griffin the emotion evident in his voice.