Former Queensland Origin and Gold Coast Titans forward Ashley Harrison will decide in the next couple of weeks whether to continue his rugby league career as he battles neck problems.
Harrison played in the Titans’ loss to Melbourne Storm on Monday night but has been given two weeks leave from the club to decide his future. There’s a fear that the thirty-three year old could do further damage to nerves around the neck which could affect use of his shoulder and arm.
Titans coach John Cartwright paid tribute to Harrison in early April when deciding to retire at the end of 2014.
“Ash is the thorough professional and the impact he has on our team extends far more than what you see on match day,” said Cartwright. “His influence is enormous at our club; he’s irreplaceable.”
The likable Harrison was in his fifteenth season of rugby league having made 277 National Rugby League appearances for Brisbane, South Sydney, Sydney Roosters and Gold Coast Titans. Harrison won a premiership with the Broncos when he came off the bench in their 2000 Grand Final victory against the Roosters 14-6. He appeared in Maroon colours on fifteen occasions in a golden era for Queensland between 2005 and 2013. The only representative accolade Harrison didn’t achieve was to represent his country.
The Gold Coast Titans profile on Harrison says he plans to enter Financial Planning once his career is finished.