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From the brink of retirement to leader of men

From the brink of retirement to leader of men Written by GREG PRICHARD , March 4, 2016

LAST season, South Sydney forward Kyle Turner’s career was threatened by a serious neck injury that forced him to miss the first 20 rounds of what was just his second year of first grade. This season, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire wants him to become one of the team leaders.

“‘Madge’ and I have been talking a lot about bringing a bit of leadership into the side because a few of the older boys left at the end of last season,” Turner, 24, tells RLW.

“He has told me I’m getting older now and I need to bring that leadership out.

“I’ve become a bit more experienced, so I need to show the younger boys how to fit in and adjust to the NRL and if I can bring that to the team I think it will help us go places.”

Issac Luke, Ben Lowe, Glenn Stewart and Chris McQueen are experienced forwards who are now all gone from Souths. Turner says his neck feels good and that he’s feeling very positive about the season ahead.

“I played six games at the end of last season and put in some good performances,” he says.

“That was a really important development for me and it gave me a lot of confidence. I just want to get back out there now and rip in again.

“A lot of people know me for what happened with my neck. Now I want to become known for my footy.”

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