MERCURIAL Knights playmaker Ben Rogers has retired.
Just 26, Rogers has not recovered from a second major operation on his right shoulder four months ago, which he needed after dislocating the joint in Newcastle’s 26-12 loss to Manly at Brookvale Oval on March 27.
Rogers suffered the same injury while playing for Penrith six years ago and his surgeon, Des Bokor, said it would be impossible to repair the damage a third time.
‘‘He described it as a dog’s breakfast,’’ Rogers said.
‘‘It was a bit of a kick in the guts when he first told me. I was a bit rattled, but I’ve got my head around it now because I’ve had four or five months to think about it.
‘‘Before he operated on me, he said that it was a severe injury and I was going to struggle to come back from it. It was the second time I’d done it, which made it more complicated.
‘‘He told me that he can’t tell me not to play footy, but if I go back, I will tear it again, and he couldn’t repair it a third time, so I would have been left with a limp arm.
‘‘In the end it was pretty much a no-brainer ... so they’ve put me out in the paddock.
‘‘There’s four tendons that make up your rotator cuff and I tore all four of them, and it was the second time I’d done it. It’s been four or five months since he operated and I’m still not allowed to even do rubber-band stuff on it, because he thinks it will tear straight away.