Father of Sydney Roosters star Victor Radley pleads with NRL club to rest him after concussion


Father of Roosters star left convulsing after sickening head knock pleads for the club to rest him next week: ‘There’s nothing to gain’

  • Father of Roosters hard man Victor Radley has pleaded him to stay put for a week
  • Nigel Radley said his son has nothing to gain by playing last round before finals
  • The chooks stormed into the top six with a tough 18-14 triumph over the Storm

The father of Roosters hitman Victor Radley has urged his son to sit a week on the sidelines after a sickening head knock left the enforcer convulsing on the turf, saying ‘there’s nothing to gain’ if the star takes the pitch next round. 

Radley dropped to the ground in the 72nd minute after launching his head into the knee of Storm forward Jesse Bromwich while trying to bring down the veteran. 

The 24-year-old shook on the ground convulsing for few minutes after the collision, frightening viewers at home.

Victor Radley is held by Roosters medic after knocking himself out when charging into Jesse Bromwichs’ knee

Radley (second from left) with his three brothers and father Nigel while on a family holiday - Victor has pledged his allegiance to England for the Rugby League World Cup

Radley (second from left) with his three brothers and father Nigel while on a family holiday – Victor has pledged his allegiance to England for the Rugby League World Cup

One of those viewers was Radley’s father, Nigel, a chippy who was watching at his Eastern Suburbs home. 

While the Tricolours are confident their star lock will feature in the first round of the finals, Mr Radley pleaded with the club to let him rest until then. 

‘I don’t think he should play next week,’ he said.

‘There’s nothing to gain. They’ve made the finals and he should rest for the following week. You’d think with the head clash protocols he’d have to miss a week anyway.

I spoke to him this morning and he said he came around when he was on the medi-cab … I was worried when it happened, there’s no denying that, but I got a call straight away from the dressing room,’ said Nigel Radley

Radley tests the Storm defensive line in the Roosters gutsy 18-14 win - he played 71 minutes running 101 metres and making 34 tackles

Radley tests the Storm defensive line in the Roosters gutsy 18-14 win – he played 71 minutes running 101 metres and making 34 tackles

Mr Radley was immediately phoned by Roosters executive assistant Cathy King, who said Victor was sitting up, responsive and taken care of. 

He said his son’s aggressive playing style will never change, knowing thats what makes Radley such a polarising loose forward and accepting that head knocks are a part of the game. 

Post-game the ‘Chooks’ lock was all smiles, having a laugh with 2023 recruit Brandon Smith.  

Radley dopped out of school in year 10 to work for his father in the tradesman industry - taking three years on the tools before his NRL debut

Radley dopped out of school in year 10 to work for his father in the tradesman industry – taking three years on the tools before his NRL debut

Radley dropped out of school in year 10 to work for his dad, learning about the value of money and the toughness of long hours throughout the three years by his side.

The 96-game brute said he loved the routine of work, but found himself slipping the finger to his old man after many job disputes with the boss.  

The inflictor suffered a nasty concussion in round one this season against Newcastle, but returned in round three for the chooks clash against the Rabbitohs. 

Radley with his father Nigel (far right) at a Roosters awards night - Victor won the RLPA rookie of the year award in 2018

Radley with his father Nigel (far right) at a Roosters awards night – Victor won the RLPA rookie of the year award in 2018

Radley’s unfortunate head knock was one of the only unintentional hits of the night, with four players charged by the NRL match committee during the fiery fixture.

Hothead Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was sent to the bin and put on report for a high shot on Storm tower Nelson Asofa-Solomona, that fizzled out into a scuffle. 

Easts secured a spot in the finals by beating Melbourne and host the seventh-placed Rabbitohs at the new Allianz Stadium on Friday night. 

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