Harry Froling's shocking injuries come to light after NBL player attacked

Harry Froling's father Shane has updated the NBL world on his son's condition after a one-punch attack in Wollongong.

Harry Froling playing for the Brisbane Bullets is seen on the left, and the scar from his head surgery seen on the right.
Harry Froling is recovering after requiring surgery for a fractured skull and brain bleed following a suspected one-punch attack in Wollongong. Pictures: Getty Images/Twitter

NBL player Harry Froling's head now sports a serious scar following surgery, after the 24-year-old was discovered unconscious following an alleged one-punch attack in Wollongong last month. Froling, who plays for the Brisbane Bullets, discharged himself from hospital in Wollongong before returning to Brisbane with his team, where he once again attended hospital.

Froling had been out in Wollongong following the Bullets' match against the Illawarra Hawks, before later being found unconscious on the street. Scans then reportedly confirmed a fractured skull and bleed on the brain that required surgery.

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The Bullets' season is over, the team missing the finals after finishing ninth on the ladder with an 8-20 record. Head coach Greg Vanderjagt says the club will soon undertake its own inquiry into what happened that night.

Harry Froling, pictured here in action for the Brisbane Bullets.
Harry Froling in action for the Brisbane Bullets. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

In the meantime Shane Froling, former NBL player and father of Harry, took to social media with an update on the Bullets big man's condition. He also shared an image of the aftermath of the surgery required to address Froling's brain bleed, which has left a long scar along his head.

“Harrison Froling is out of hospital and recovering,” Shane wrote. “As much as we would love to address media and questions we will leave it until police evidence is presented. He is on the mend, thank you for the care and love sent.”

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A 19-year-old man handed himself in to police and was subsequently arrested after NSW Police appealed for witnesses. NSW Police said in a statement their investigation suggests Froling was punched in the head and fell to the ground.

Froling is from Townsville and played with the Hawks, where his younger brother Sam now plays, last NBL season. He won the NBL's 2019 rookie of the year award and recently notched 150 games in the league.

Vanderjagt said the Bullets' investigation would commence 'when the time is right', vowing that the club did not want to 'sweep it under the table'.

“The club will conduct their own investigation when the time is right and put everything together and take the appropriate course of action in terms of how we manage the group and how we manage those situations on the road moving forward,” Vanderjagt said. “It’s something that is real and we certainly don’t sweep it under the table and just ignore it.

“But at this point in time, there’s not too much else to say on that because it is a police matter.”

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