Matt King feared he may have to retire

South Sydney Rabbitohs’ centre Matt King feared he may have to retire after he contracted a bone infection in his right arm.

The former Warrington Wolves star suffered a broken arm in last season’s final clash with the Melbourne Storm but it failed to heal correctly.

The 32-year-old knew something wasn’t right when he was unable to hold his baby daughter without his arm seizing up and consulted the Rabbitohs medical team.

He received news he may be out for 2013 and 2014 and admitted he cried at receiving the news: “I shed a couple after that first meeting. It would have been a bit of a sad way to end my career – a broken arm.

“It was looking like I might have to retire, I was told originally I wouldn’t be able to play in 2013 and maybe 2014. By then I would have be 34 years old and I don’t think there would be many clubs keen to sign an old fells like me who hasn’t played for two years. It would have been curtains, in all honesty” He told AAP

However having been put on a course of antibiotics the player could well be back to action within six weeks. “I’ve been hammering these antibiotics since December and it appears to have done the trick.”

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