Andrew Davey has shared a heartbreaking photo showing him sobbing into the arms of a Manly trainer after suffering a season-ending injury in the opening round of the NRL.
Davey ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Manly's loss to the Rabbitohs on Saturday, ruling him out for the entire 2021 season.
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It comes as a devastating blow given the 29-year-old only made his NRL debut for Parramatta last season, before moving to Manly on a one-year deal.
Davey was inconsolable as he was helped from the field by trainers.
But the full extent of his devastation came when he learned of the shattering diagnosis in the dressing rooms.
On Thursday, Davey shared a photo of him crying in the arms of a trainer as he sat with ice on his knee after the game.
"I’m not really sure how to feel just yet. I’m waiting for it all to sink in and become real," he wrote in a lengthy post.
"From one mental battle to another.
"I don’t think this is any different to anything else I’ve overcome to get here. This battle is just between me and my body, I don’t need to change anyone’s mind or prove anything more.
"Just like those hurdles, I’ll get over this one just as strong as I did the others.
"Everybody suffers a loss from time to time, it’s the person who can overcome a loss and make a success of themselves that’s really doing something special.
"One thing, I’m glad I had one of my best mates there to tell me it was going to be ok and that I wasn’t going to be alone.
"Thank you to those who have reached out and wished me well the past few days.
"Friends, family, fans and even people who I haven’t spoken to in a while. The positive support goes much further than you can think."
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Dylan Walker could lose Manly's No.1 jersey even before Tom Trbojevic returns as Des Hasler weighs up a backline reshuffle to kickstart their season.
Walker endured a difficult night in the wet in Manly's 26-12 loss to South Sydney, coughing up the ball twice in just his fourth full game as an NRL fullback.
The Rabbitohs scored off one of those first-half errors, while Walker failed to stop an Adam Reynolds 40-20 just before halftime that led to another try.
Walker had been a surprise selection to fill Trbojevic's jersey to start the season, having barely trained there during the summer.
Trbojevic is not due back until round four at the earliest, and while Walker is a natural left centre Brad Parker was sound there on Saturday night.
"It was a tough day for any fullback. Obviously we have to keep looking at that," Hasler said.
"We might need to reshuffle some players.
"I thought Brad Parker was really good today (at left centre). We might have to look at options around that."
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