Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mitchell Feared for His Future

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mitchell Feared for His Future

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RUGBY LEAGUE: NSW State of Origin star Latrell Mitchell admits he thought of Alex McKinnon immediately after he hurt his neck during the Sydney Roosters' NRL win over Penrith.

Mitchell sent a scare through the Roosters and Blues camps when he injured his neck in a tackle by Panthers halfback and Blues teammate Nathan Cleary on Friday.

The game was stopped for more than five minutes as medical staff took every precaution and lifted the Roosters centre onto a medicab.

Mitchell, who turned 21 on Sunday, said his career wasn't the only thing that flashed before him.

"I was thinking, 'Is this the end of me?' I was scared of the fact that my neck had a massive crunch. I just heard it," he said.

"I felt if I could move my arms, feel my legs, get that positive vibe and start feeling all right. But then I couldn't really breathe. I felt like there was a brick on my chest."

Mitchell said his immediate thoughts went to former Newcastle player Alex McKinnon, who suffered a devastating spinal injury four years ago. …

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