The horrific and tragic injury suffered by NRL player Alex McKinnon reminds us of the dangers of body contact sports.
The young Newcastle Knights forward hails from Aberdeen in my electorate and of course, is a local hero and a great role-model for younger players.
The tackle which led to Alexs injury will no doubt spark a debate about rule changes, particularly the so-called three man tackle. Thats a welcome thing, its a debate we should have and Im confident the NRL will act to ensure the game is as safe as it can be, without undermining the excitement and attractiveness of the code.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Alex McKinnon and his loves ones. I know all members will join with him in wishing a full recovery and a long and happy life.
Click here to watch http://youtu.be/7Sb0AXpaV4c