Lachlan Coote: Hull KR star set for crucial appointment with doubts over future following concussion concerns

Josh McAllister
Lachlan Coote, Hull KR. SWPix

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Hull KR full-back Lachlan Coote will see a specialist later today (Tuesday) following his latest concussion with a decision set to be made on his playing future in the coming days. 

Coote, 33, was forced off the field against Salford at Magic Weekend inside St James’ Park with a head knock, his second of the campaign.

The Great Britain and Scotland international had his 2022 campaign cut short after suffering his third concussion against St Helens in August, missing regular season games against Wakefield, Wigan and Hull.

He was limited to 17 appearances during his debut year at Craven Park, scoring nine tries, and missed out on a spot in Scotland’s World Cup squad at last year’s campaign.

Hull KR head coach Willie Peters confirmed that the starting #1 has an appointment with a specialist on Tuesday, with a decision yet to be made on his future.

Coote has already confirmed that he will hang up the boots at the end of 2023.

“He’s been training with us this last week, but he’s got the specialist appointment this afternoon and we should know a lot more in the next couple of days,” Peters confirmed.

Lachlan Coote ‘in good spirits’ says head coach

Coote won the 2015 NRL Grand Final with North Queensland Cowboys against Brisbane Broncos and won three titles with St Helens from 2019.

Australian coach Peters, 44, recently conceded that Coote could retire immediately if advised to by the specialist, adding that there will be no pressure from the club.

“To be honest, he’s in really good spirits,” Peters continued.

“He’s been doing training that he’s allowed to do, no contact at all.

“But he’s been doing fitness and getting into it. He’s bouncing around.

“It’s one of those, we’ll just wait and see and he’ll see the specialist and after that, it’s a matter of sitting down and having a chat and obviously Lachlan talking with his family and working out what the best way forward is.

“It’s a decision with Lachlan that he has to make. That decision may be made for him with specialists, but it’s one for him and his family.”

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