Sam McKendry facing retirement at 29 after knee setback
TheLanDownUnder | January 15, 2019
Sam McKendry’s hopes of saving his career have suffered a major setback after his chronic knee ‘blew up’ after training this week.
Panthers prop McKendry is at the crossroads after his third knee reconstruction in as many years and the former Kiwi Test forward faces the real possibility of hanging up the boots at the age of just 29.
The big prop was making solid progress and hoping to return to the game next May before suffering severe swelling following a routine training run.
McKendry visited specialists following this latest setback and has been told to take at least three to four weeks off training to give the knee time to heal.
Panthers officials are doing all they can to ensure the popular front-rower’s career isn’t over but won’t know for several months if McKendry can play again.McKendry has played just 14 games in the past three seasons and is fighting hard to get his career back on the rails – but now needs to give training a rest and wait for the swelling to go down.
Shame to see this kind of thing happen to a guy like Sam McKendry. He has a solid work ethic and has busted his arse to get back on the field.
… it’s time, for Sam and the club to move on.
Terrible news. I really feel for McKendry! One knee reconstruction is a bad enough, but he’s had three! What an effort he’s put in over the past few years!
I wish him all the best, regardless of whether he plays on or decides to retire.
Sad to hear, speaking with him in the Chairman’s last year (Dragons game woo hoo) he was committed to getting back on the paddock at all costs. Almost like a swan song, hope he recovers he is a good bloke and he can play when fit.
Sam McKendry has noted on social media that the article is “Fake News” and that there isn’t anything to it, and is on track for recovery in 2019.
Great news, I’m a huge fan of his, geez I hope he can get through a full season unscathed.