1 May 2014

Job for life for injured NRL player

7:22 am on 1 May 2014

The NRL has offered the injured Newcastle rugby league player Alex McKinnon a "job for life".

The Knights forward revealed over the weekend that he is getting more movement in his arms and has feeling in his legs a month after suffering a severe spinal injury in a tackle.

The NRL chief executive Dave Smith says the NRL and the Newcastle Knights were determined to stick by Alex and that commitment included a job in the game for as long as Alex wishes.

The NRL will work with the Knights, the Rugby League Players Association, the Men of League and other members of the League family to find a job which Alex is keen to pursue.

Smith says the offer was on the table for life, and was part of a five-point plan to support the 22-year-old and any other players who suffer severe and permanent injuries.

A special foundation is to be set up for McKinnon, who expects to remain in hospital for another two months before transferring to a rehabilitation centre.