Brisbane, Queensland and Test winger Jharal Yow Yeh has made the heartbreaking decision to end his NRL career, with the 24 year old finally succumbing to an horrific leg injury he sustained two years ago.
JHARAL Yow Yeh’s rugby league career has been cruelly cut short at the age of just 24 with the Brisbane Broncos winger finally succumbing to an horrific leg injury he sustained two years ago.
Yow Yeh made a brilliant start to his career and had already represented Australia and Queensland by the age of 22.
He has valiantly tried to get back on the football field but his leg could no longer withstand the toll of top flight rugby league.
Yow Yeh said he had no regrets, making the decision last week as his Broncos teammates prepared for the derby against North Queensland.
“It was a big decision to make but it has been coming for a long time.
“I’ve been struggling getting my head around playing football again.
“I’m happy this is off my back now.”
Broncos players and officials gave Yow Yeh a standing ovation as he delivered his retirement press conference.
Yow Yeh, who made his return to the field playing for Norths in the Queensland Cup late last season, was overjoyed when he played for the Broncos in the NRL pre-season, lining up at centre against North Queensland.
But the injured ankle took pace and agility away from one of the best finishers in the game and he realised he could not play at the level required.
Yow Yeh suffered the career-ending injury in round four match in 2012 against the Rabbitohs in Perth.
He suffered a compound fracture of the right leg as he landed awkwardly after leaping for a high ball in the 24th minute of the match.
“Jharal was laying there with his bone sticking out of his boot. He was in a lot of pain,” skipper Thaiday said of the incident immediately after the match.
“Hodgo and I were trying to encourage him as much as we could. The first thing that goes through your head when you get injured is your footy, your season and your career (over).
“He was asking questions along those lines, so we were just reassuring him and making sure he knew we were there for him and supporting him.
“We were trying as much as we could to get the doctor to give him something for the pain as well, because he was in a lot of pain.”
Broncos’ chief executive Paul White paid tribute to Yow Yeh in a statement released this morning.
“From the front office to the coaching staff to his teammates, Jharal is universally respected by all,” said White.
“He has a generous outgoing nature which has always endeared him to members of the community.
“Everyone at the club has the utmost admiration for the way he has tackled the challenges he has had to deal with over the last two years to give himself every chance to get back on the field.
“He has left no stone unturned in that goal, and it was wonderful to see him play again during the trials this year.
“But now it is time for him to move on to what is next.
“He has a bright future — rugby league and sport has always been the vehicle for that, and will continue to be as he to builds a career off the field.”
Yow Yeh scored on debut for the Broncos against the Cowboys in 2008 after a stellar year in under-20s competition and in 2011 was picked to play both for Australia and the Maroons.