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Former Eel sues over post-career health problems

Parramatta is facing a legal battle with former player Brett Horsnell taking the club to court over post-career health issues.
Parramatta is facing a legal battle with former player Brett Horsnell taking the club to court over post-career health issues. JOEL CARRETT

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former NRL player Brett Horsnell has launched legal action against Parramatta reportedly over post-playing career mental health problems.

Horsnell, who retired from the NRL in 1998, argues concussions suffered during his 154-game NRL career has contributed to his ill health.

It's understood Horsnell was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004, as well as previously undergoing back surgery.

Last year he spoke of having suicidal thoughts in his retirement.

The case comes as Newcastle is being sued by former player James McManus over the club's treatment of head knocks he suffered throughout his career.

Horsnell played for the Eels, South Queensland Crushers and the Gold Coast Giants and Seagulls between 1989 and 1998.

His matter against Parramatta is set down for a directions hearing in the Supreme Court in Sydney for May 22.

Topics:  concussion newcastle knights nrl parramatta eels rugby league

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