Players often find themselves in the wrong place at at the wrong time and for Hull KR centre Sean Gleeson, that was the case – with the Rovers player in danger of losing an eye after being attacked at a Greater Manchester nightclub.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday and saw the 26-year old punched in the face numerous times after he was involved in a confrontation with three other men.
Suffering serious eye and eye socket injuries, Gleeson is still in hospital following the attack.
With CCTV footage of the incident released, Police have the images of three men in particular that they would like to talk to regarding the 4am incident.
Gleeson has had a turbulent run of injuries and has yet to play for Hull KR this season as a result.
Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington of the Greater Manchester Police said:
“We are now in a position to release images of three people we are very keen to speak to.
“If you recognise these men I would urge you to get in contact. A young man has been left with serious, potentially life changing, injuries as he could lose his eye. Imagine if this was your son, brother, cousin, or close friend who was ill in hospital, you would want answers.
“In addition, if anyone was there that night and saw the assault or if you know something that might be relevant to our investigation I would urge them to get in contact with police.
“You might not have seen the actual attack but you may have seen a group of white men running away. I would urge anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible to come forward and speak to us.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure that a night out is a good experience and does not escalate into drunken violence that compromises people’s safety.
“We want people to enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Greater Manchester, but to do it responsibly, and avoid trouble by walking away.”