Bryce Bodsworth won’t play again this season.
Bryce Bodsworth won’t play again this season.

Bodsworth sidelined

AFTER three days in intensive care, Redbacks AFL star Bryce Bodsworth has no plans to go against doctor’s orders and return to the field this season – he is happy to help coach Peter Millard from the sidelines.

With the Redbacks one of the top four teams in the Darling Downs competition and showing premiership potential, Bodsworth admits to being disappointed he is out for the season.

“I have often had minor injuries and played when I shouldn’t have but not this time,” he said.

“The doctors have said I must have three to six months off.

“Football is definitely secondary to my health.”

Looking at that marking contest on June 18 against Coolaroo which put him in the intensive care ward of Toowoomba General Hospital, Bodsworth said both players were going for the ball.

“I didn’t touch the ball and came off worst in the contest due to a knee in the stomach,” he said.

He has no bitterness to the opposition player.

“It was all in the spirit of footy, just a hard contest for the ball,” he said.

Bodsworth remembers being taken to hospital but very little about the minutes straight after he was injured.

“I had the worst pain I’ve ever experienced, I was just concentrating on breathing property,” he said.

“It was not fun having all the tubes in intensive care, more annoying than anything.

“A few (strange) thoughts went through my mind.”

But he knows the tubes were part of the cure and now he is back helping his team seek an elusive first flag in A-grade Darling Downs fixtures.

He is grateful for the support of family and friends in the past 10 days.

“Everyone from the club has been great,” Bodsworth said.

The Redbacks player, who was on the half forward line when he was injured, is disappointed to miss the rest of the season particularly when he felt he was running into form.

Bodsworth played for Darling Downs this season and hopes one day to have another tilt at footy in Brisbane.

In 2009, he joined Morningside but played a game for Warwick where he tore a hamstring which put him out for 10 weeks and ended his Brisbane dreams at the time.

He won a monthly Daily News/Warwick Credit Union sports star award at the time.

The Redbacks have a fixture bye this weekend and play Goondiwindi on Saturday week at the Goondiwindi club home ground.

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