Wests Tigers have today announced that Liam Fulton will be stood down from the Club’s round 14 game after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s win against Newcastle.
Following discussions with Head Coach Mick Potter and Wests Tigers’ Chief Medical Officer, the decision was made to stand Fulton down from Friday night’s game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
The Club worked closely with Fulton following the first three concussions he suffered this season and has taken the same approach after Sunday’s injury.
Wests Tigers will reassess Fulton’s place in the team following the round 15 bye and subject to final media clearance he may be eligible for selection for the round 16 game against the Canberra Raiders.
The Club will continue to monitor Fulton’s condition and will seek further medical advice.
Wests Tigers Head Coach Mick Potter said that it was a concern that Fulton had already suffered four concussions in the first half of the season and that the Club is treating the situation very seriously.
“I spent time with Liam following the game on Sunday and while there’s no doubt in his mind that he feels fine he is thankful for the continued support from the Club,” said Potter. “Liam understands the importance of following medical procedure with an injury such as this and we look forward to welcoming him back onto the field when he’s cleared to play again.”
Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said that the Club is keen to work with the NRL and the 15 other teams to ensure that the concussion rule is clear and understood by all.
“It’s very unfortunate for Liam that he’s suffered a fourth concussion in such a short period of time,” said Mayer. “We’re committed to ensuring he has the best treatment possible and if he was to suffer another similar injury he may have to look at an extended period on the sideline.”