“On a summer’s evening in August, 2005, I was eagerly getting ready for a National Conference Premier League derby between Hull Dockers and local rivals East Hull.
It had only been my third outing for Dockers since I had signed from my former club of 10 years, West Hull.
We were losing at half-time and needed to get back into the game. I was at dummy-half and did something I’d done hundreds of times before. I scooted out and headed low for the try line but was held just short. As I fell, the weight of the defenders was on my back and neck. Something had to give way.