Fulton applauds Fenech’s openness on concussion

Fulton applauds Fenech’s openness on concussion Written by GREG PRICHARD, February 8, 2016

FORMER Wests Tigers forward Liam Fulton, who was forced to retire towards the end of the 2014 season due to the effects of repeated concussions, has applauded 1980s and ’90s star Mario Fenech for being prepared to speak publicly about his ongoing battle with the effects of brain damage.

Fulton said it was important that Fenech spoke for the sake of concussion awareness. He also said Newcastle winger James McManus had done the right thing by sitting out this season due to repeated concussions rather than try to play on.

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“James has played Origin, so for him to sit out a year is pretty drastic,” Fulton says. “He must have suffered a bit, so I hope he’s OK. Mario’s a legend of the game and when he speaks on this subject, people are going to listen.

“It’s important for the sake of awareness of concussion in footy that people who have high profiles are prepared to talk about their situations and make the right decisions according to their welfare.”

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Fulton says he is establishing a new career in the wake of his forced retirement from football.

“I’ve started up a mortgage broking business,” he says. “I’m doing a fair few of the Tigers players and other footy players as well. I enjoy it, I find it really interesting.

“I started last August. I was tossing up between this and being a private investigator, but apparently being a PI can be a bit boring at the start because a lot of the stuff you do are fraud jobs.

“I’ve always had an interest in real estate. I wanted to be my own boss and run my own hours, spend more time with the family, and this sort of work allows me to do that. I’m still learning, but I’ve got a mentor and it’s going well.

“Look me up – you can find me at www.fultonfinancial.com.au.”

Fulton says his memory is “back on track” and that while he still occasionally suffered from headaches they were manageable. He says he remains optimistic the headaches will disappear eventually.

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