Heart of the matter
Screening across the board should be compulsory, say Wells and Carney
Last Updated: May 31, 2012 7:53am
Carney: let's learn from this near miss
Jon Wells and Brian Carney say that every Super League player should have a heart screening.
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"Some clubs in Super League already do it but we need consistency across the board. It beggars belief that after the tragedies at Wakefield, that every club does not screen their players."
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Australian centre Adrian Purtell suffered a heart attack following Bradford's Magic Weekend game against Leeds on Sunday.
Purtell, 27, complained of feeling unwell after the game at Manchester's Etihad Stadium and received treatment from the club's medical staff on the journey home.
He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he underwent surgery and is expected to remain for the rest of the week.
"He is a lucky boy," said Jon Wells on Boots 'n' All. "It was caught in time and he made his condition aware on the coach and you have to give huge credit to the club doctor and the team physiotherapist for realising that something was serious wrong and diverted the bus to get him the hospital.
"It is nice to hear that he has been discharged but it was a major thing that happed to Adrian and our best wishes are what is most important right now.
"I spoke to someone at the RFL and unfortunately I did not get a satisfactory answer as to why the RFL cannot make some sort of cardiac screening compulsory for every player."
No lessons learnt
Brian Carney said that rugby league have got to take some action after Purtell's near miss and cannot believe that the 13-man code did not learn it's lessons from the direct hot it took a couple of years ago.
"The important point on this is the bigger picture," said Carney. "We have had tragedy in rugby league already where two players have lost their lives - Adam Watene and Leon Walker. I thought then that heart screening would be mandatory across the clubs but that has not happened.
"There was an agreement in April amongst the clubs, but let's see how long it takes from that agreement before every club screens every player on their books. Some clubs in Super League already do it but we need consistency across the board. It beggars belief that after the tragedies at Wakefield, that every club does not screen their players.
"I don't know if Adrian's condition would have been picked up on a scan, but I still think that after what happened before it would be blanket across the board - evidently it's not!"