Terry Newton anniversary
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of former Leeds hooker Terry Newton who took his own life in 2010.
Terry joined Leeds after a protracted transfer from Wigan amateur team St Judes, after Warrington had claimed they had also signed the young Newton.
Terry missed his first year of Academy rugby due to the problem however when he finally joined in March 1996 he made an immediate impact.
He played in the Grand Final team at Old Trafford before playing his best season at the club in 1999.
Leeds had signed Great Britain hooker Lee Jackson and Newton’s opportunities looked limited however shrewd coach Graham Murray came up with a game plan that used both to their maximum potential. He played 83 times for Leeds and scored 6 tries.
After leaving Leeds, he returned to his home town club, Wigan, Bradford and Wakefield. He sadly passed away in 2010, aged just 31.
Partly in response to the issues raised by Terry’s death, the RFL created the State of Mind campaign to help all of us think more about those suffering from mental illness. If you would like more information about the campaign and how you can use the tips and help available go to www.stateofmindrugby.com
At this time, our thoughts and well wishes are with Terry’s family and friends as they remember a man who gave his all for whichever team he played for and loved the game of Rugby League. Terry Newton RIP.