The heartbreaking story behind this raw photo of a footy star, 29, sticking his head in a club official’s chest after a loss will break your heart
- Footy star Andrew Davey, 29, recently suffered a knee injury during the season
- The journeyman was in disbelief because his path to stardom was unconventional
- Despite having signed a long-term deal, he now faces an uncertain future in the sport
- Many athletes face physical and mental obstacles during their professional career
The tough side of professional sport was recently captured in a heartbreaking fashion after a rugby league match in Sydney.
Andrew Davey, who joined the Manly Sea Eagles off-season, knew he was in trouble after collapsing on the field at Brookvale Oval mid-game on March 20.
The image of the hard-working back-rower being assisted from the field by trainers was confrontational enough – but worse was to come.
A club official then released the grim news that Davey, a self-proclaimed late bloomer in the sport, had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, meaning his season was over.
Sea Eagles star Andrew Davey was shattered after an early diagnosis confirmed he had ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee
The footy late bloomer knew he was in trouble when he collapsed mid-match in a recent NRL match at Brookvale Oval
Davey has been out of the game for a long time now, and the rawness of his Instagram post resonates with many
Usually the recovery time for such an injury is up to nine months, and the reality of the situation quickly hit Davey hard.
The 29-year-old shared a powerful image on Instagram this week, which features Davey He buried his head in the chest of a manly club official after an early diagnosis revealed he wouldn’t be playing in 2021.
While injuries are the territory of elite athletes, Davey’s story resonated with fans and fellow players due to his hard work to secure a spot in the NRL.
The stubborn backup rower made his NRL debut last year with the Parramatta Eels at the ripe old age of 28.
Obviously the Sea Eagles saw something in the footy journeyman, who had previously laced the boots in the semi-professional Queensland Cup with the Mackay Cutters and Townsville Blackhawks, as well as the reserve class of the Eels in the NSW Cup.
That’s why the ACL injury devastated Davey and cursed his accident.
‘I don’t know exactly how to feel yet. I’m waiting for it to sink in and get real, ‘Davey said on a heartbreaking Instagram post.
‘From one mental battle to another. I don’t think this is any different from anything else I’ve overcome to get here.
‘This battle is only between me and my body, I don’t need to change my mind or prove anything more. Like those hurdles, I will overcome these just as much as the others.
Everyone suffers a loss now and then, it’s the person who can overcome a loss and make a success of themselves, who is doing something really special.
One thing, I’m glad I had one of my best friends there to tell me it was going to be okay and that I wouldn’t be alone.
Davey injured his knee in wet conditions when the Sea Eagles take on the Rabbitohs at Brookvale Oval on March 20.
A number of players from rival NRL clubs contacted Davey on social media after his injury
Thanks to those who have been in touch in the last few days and wished me the best. Friends, family, fans and even people I haven’t spoken to in a while. The positive support goes much further than you can imagine. ‘
Davey has a contract with the Sea Eagles until the end of next year, and with the club looking to recruit some young stars as they rebuild their aging squad, his chance to establish himself may be over before it started.
He’s also facing a long recovery on the road, with ACL injuries that are notoriously physically and mentally challenging.
Professional sport can bring fame and fortune to some, but it can also chew and spit out athletes just as quickly.
Just ask Andrew Davey.