27 Sep 2014

Paralysed NRL player ready to move on

3:04 pm on 27 September 2014

The injured Newcastle rugby league player Alex McKinnon says he is ready to move onto a new phase in his life, six months after the accident that has left him in a wheelchair.

In a statement posted on social media, McKinnon, who suffered the injury in a match against Melbourne Storm in March, says he's not thinking back on what might have been, but is focused on a successful future.

He says while it's frustrating that it was all taken away in a few seconds, he's grateful that he did to play at the highest level with mates he'll have forever.

Newcastle Knights rugby league player Alex McKinnon who was paralysed when playing in the NRL.

Newcastle Knights rugby league player Alex McKinnon who was paralysed when playing in the NRL. Photo: Photosport

"It's funny that now when one door is slammed shut on me I've spent the last 5 months not dwelling on what could of been but now towards a focus of what I want to make a success.

The rugby league community has so far raised more than $1.5 million to support McKinnon's ongoing rehabilitation and care.

Meanwhile the Gold Coast are reportedly set to abandon their controversial Robina headquarters.

It's another setback for the embattled NRL club, who failed to make the finals for the fourth straight year and parted ways with foundation coach John Cartwright in August.

Australian media report suggest the Titans haven't renewed a lease which expires on November 1, partly due to a reported annual rent of $NZ700,000.

If the Titans do move away from the Robina building, it will end a disastrous endeavour for the club.

The $NZ12 million Centre of Excellence was hailed as one of the most cutting edge club facilities when the Titans constructed the six-storey building in 2009.

But with debts of up to $NZ30 million crippling the club's property arm, the club was forced to sell the facility to Bond University in 2012 with the university then leasing back two levels to the Titans.