Parramatta Eels recruit Bryce Cartwright breaks jaw in freak training accident
Parramatta Eels recruit Bryce Cartwright’s bid to reignite his NRL career has literally suffered a fresh blow, suffering a broken jaw in a freak accident at training.
The 112 game NRL veteran and former NSW City representative player’s career has stalled on the Gold Coast over the past three years before he returned to Sydney to link with the Eels.
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He was reportedly on around $450,000 a season with the Titans but walked away from the contract to return to Sydney, on a reported $130,000 deal.
But pre-season training has gone wrong with Cartwright taken to hospital after copping a stray boot during pre-season training and was taken to hospital.
Cartwright’s injury was revealed by WWOS with Eels coach Brad Arthur lamenting the latest setback for the 26-year-old.
“It’s shocking luck for the bloke but the one good thing is that it happened in the pre-season and he shouldn’t miss too many weeks of the competition,” Arthur told WWOS.
“He had been looking good and we were actually planning to play him in our first trial on Thursday to give him a hit out.
“They are still doing tests to determine the full extent of the damage.”
Bryce Cartwright may have a wait to get on the field for the Eels.Source:Supplied
On top of his on field and injury woes, Cartwright was front and centre when the NRL was attempting to return to the field in 2020.
Cartwright refused to take a mandatory influenza vaccination but was granted an exemption by the NRL.
Cartwright had claimed a past bad reaction to a vaccine was grounds for medical exemption which was granted by Queensland health officials.
During the off-season, he and his wife Shanelle broke up after the move back to Sydney.
The timeline of latest injury setback will likely see Cartwright miss the entire pre-season trial schedule and the start of the 2021 season.
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