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Former NRL star turned commentator Corey Parker has learned the hard way that his new gig as a sideline reporter still carries a few risks.
In a desperately unfortunate turn of events for the former Brisbane Broncos star, it was revealed by his wife that he had to have shoulder surgery earlier this year after a freak occurrence while on the job.
Speaking on Triple M, Margaux Parker recounted how Parker had to front up for surgery after attempting to save some TV equipment from a runaway ball.
Margaux joked her husband should have had well-known Broncos trainer and former player Alfie Langer listed as his emergency contact, after Langer assisted Parker on field so many times.
Parker only had the surgery last week, but Margaux said he had hurt himself shortly after the NRL relocated to Queensland during recent lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne.
She told host Greg Martin her husband had been slightly 'embarrassed' by the incident.
“He was sitting on the sideline of the footy field calling a game for Fox Sports and the ball got kicked out of the field and it was going to hit the monitor," she said.
"So he put his arm up to (stop the ball) and went to hit it back, and when he reached out to hit it he hyper-extended his arm and snapped the tendon.
“He should have gone with Alfie Langer (for the emergency contact), that’s who fixed him up if he ever went down on the field.”
Parker has been working on commentary for Fox Sports since 2017, after retiring from the NRL in 2016 after 347 games for the Broncos.
He also represented Queensland in State of Origin 19 times, as well as 13 Tests for Australia.
Canberra Raiders confirm NRL signing of Adam Elliott
Senior Canberra players have given their blessing to controversial ex-Canterbury forward Adam Elliott joining the Raiders for the 2022 NRL season.
The second-rower's one-year deal was officially announced by Canberra on Tuesday.
Elliott was released from the final two years of his Bulldogs contract after an infamous toilet tryst in August with NRLW player and his now girlfriend Millie Boyle.
He was also in trouble for Mad Monday celebrations in 2018 while had an altercation with former Bulldogs player Michael Lichaa earlier this year.
But Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said he was impressed with Elliott in their pre-signing conversations.
Stuart said the club's senior players had been consulted about Elliot's recruitment.
"I've spoken to Adam on a number of occasions and he's really excited about joining our club and taking the next step in his career," Stuart said in a statement.
"We made sure we spoke to a number of the senior players and leaders at the club about Adam and they were all very supportive of us signing him and that gives us the confidence that he'll be able to fit in with our squad.
"He's a very talented player and we look forward to seeing him play his best football with the Raiders."
Elliott, who played 101 first-grade matches for the Bulldogs after making his debut in 2016, said he was excited for the opportunity.
"I'm extremely excited to come to Canberra, make a fresh start and I'm very grateful for the opportunity the Raiders, Ricky and the coaching staff have given me," Elliott said.
"I can't wait to get to Canberra and start the pre-season and be a part of the club."
Elliott will join the Raiders for pre-season training in mid-November.
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