roughy2HAW THORN star and former Leongatha lad Jarryd Roughead has just finshed a press conference in Melbourne where his cancer diagnosis was detailed.
A club doctor explained that he has four small spots on his lung, which will require 12 months of “immune” treatment (not chemo or radiation). It has a high rate of success and involves a program of injections.
He’ll be out of the game for at least that period, although Roughie said that’s a secondary concern right now.
He had a positive outlook on what lies ahead, and dismissed concerns that he’d played he’s last game.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’m still only 29 and I’ve got two and a half years on my contract. You can come to my first game back,” he told the journo who asked about his playing future.
The four time premiership player and Coleman medallist said he’ll still be involved at the club throughout the treatment, and urged the public and the media to treat him no differently.
He said he appreciated the support he’d received from throughout the footy world, including players and fans of all teams, and the general community.
From all of us in South Gippsland, we wish Jarryd and his family well!roughy1