Too much for one club?
One's first thoughts this week are with the parents, family and friends of Leon Walker, the young Wakefield player who died after a routine tackle in the Reserve game against the Celtic Crusaders.
I only have vague memories of seeing Leon play for Salford Academy, but everything I have heard about him since paints a picture of a fine young man and a highly promising player.
His death is a reminder that rugby league is a dangerous game. SUch is the ferocity of the contact, in fact, that it is something of a miracle that we don't have more casualties.
I doubt whether that it what they are thinking at Trinity, though. Within the last six months, they have also lost Adam Watene, two of their most illustrious ex-players in Dave Topliss and Don Fox, and seen Jamie Rooney and Richard Moore battling serious illness.
The astonishing thing is the way the club has held it all together through these grim times. Had they played and won at BRidgend on Sunday they could have been top of Super League, for heavens sake.
You would think it would all start to take its toll, but there is no sign of that yet. THere is something special about the spirit within the club that makes this possible. I know the sort of bloke John KEar is and how shaken he must have been by these tragedies, but he has found the strength to keep the show on the road.
Every credit to him and his staff, because what they have achieved is truly remarkable,
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