All clubs would implore for their players to be careful outside of footy, to avoid serious injury – but unfortunately, for young Eels forward Blake Harrison, tragedy has struck, with the former Manly forward suffering a serious knee injury in a waterski accident.
Harrison, 17, who joined the Eels only recently, and is the younger brother of Eels forward Daniel Harrison, followed his brother to the Eels, despite interest from 10 other NRL clubs.
The knee injury is perhaps one of the worst you will see, as Harrison snapped cruciate and medial ligaments, dislocated his knee and ruptured his lateral cartilage, all from the waterski acci
The injury means that his 2013 season is over, with his manager John Frare confirming his season is over, as well as giving praise to the Parramatta club, who have been supportive over the horrific ordeal.
“He'll be gone for the year, next year is a write-off,” said Harrison's manager, John Frare.
“Parramatta have been really supportive, all they are concerned about is his welfare.”
Just 16 last year, and a U17's NSW back-row representative, Harrison muscled his way into the Sea Eagles Toyota Cup side on the back of some good form.
Such is the complex and horrific nature of his knee injury – there are concerns that Harrison may not play again.
“He's likely to be in and out of the hospital for 12 months,” said Frare.