Chris McQueen signs - Official

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Unread post by Roar Power » Fri 01 Sep, 2017 12:03 pm

He will be in the 2nd row if fit.


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Unread post by Mccarry » Sat 02 Sep, 2017 8:54 am

At his age this surgery is a disaster for him. Spinal fusion is a relatively short term help. Fusing vertebrae moves the pressure further up or down the spine.

This is truth when a person isn't a professional football, without all the extra load on their backs.

Let me be clear- McQueen is an idiot if he keeps playing rugby league. The spine is critical to long term mobility. Unlike hip and knee surgery it is not highly successful nor is it generally a long term solution (especially if load is consistently still applied to the spine)

Chris, its a long painful life between today and your late 70's. I would love to have you at the Tigers. I also know that this operation will buy you three years so you will get back to your best. Still, think of your children, wife and future.

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Unread post by Demps » Sat 02 Sep, 2017 10:28 am

Another Ballin type signing perhaps?

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Unread post by wt00 » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 2:19 pm

The star of the team is the team.

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Unread post by swag tiger » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 2:23 pm

TYGA wrote:
Thu 27 Jul, 2017 10:04 pm
Spud Murphy wrote:
Thu 27 Jul, 2017 9:41 pm
We need to sign another second rower pronto!
We needed another second rower in either case but we can't go in with McQueen under a cloud, Lawrence always injured and ET as edge backrowers.
We have to get a big lock for ET to play wide on the right and another edge forward as McQueen may be a bench player with this injury. Not to mention another prop as Lawrence went to the Titans, Boyle staying at GC and Vete staying at Warriors.
Paasi?
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Unread post by TYGA » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 5:57 pm

swag tiger wrote:
Thu 07 Sep, 2017 2:23 pm
TYGA wrote:
Thu 27 Jul, 2017 10:04 pm
Spud Murphy wrote:
Thu 27 Jul, 2017 9:41 pm
We need to sign another second rower pronto!
We needed another second rower in either case but we can't go in with McQueen under a cloud, Lawrence always injured and ET as edge backrowers.
We have to get a big lock for ET to play wide on the right and another edge forward as McQueen may be a bench player with this injury. Not to mention another prop as Lawrence went to the Titans, Boyle staying at GC and Vete staying at Warriors.
Paasi?
Passi is solid. McQueen's surgery went well, Eiso and Twal are good. With Grant taking his option I reckon we are set. Packer, Mats, ET, McQueen, Twal, Eiso, Lawrence, Grant,MCK is probably enough.

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Unread post by TYGA » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 5:59 pm

TYGA wrote:
Thu 07 Sep, 2017 5:57 pm
swag tiger wrote:
Thu 07 Sep, 2017 2:23 pm
TYGA wrote:
Thu 27 Jul, 2017 10:04 pm
Spud Murphy wrote:
Thu 27 Jul, 2017 9:41 pm
We need to sign another second rower pronto!
We needed another second rower in either case but we can't go in with McQueen under a cloud, Lawrence always injured and ET as edge backrowers.
We have to get a big lock for ET to play wide on the right and another edge forward as McQueen may be a bench player with this injury. Not to mention another prop as Lawrence went to the Titans, Boyle staying at GC and Vete staying at Warriors.
Paasi?
Passi is solid. McQueen's surgery went well, Eiso and Twal are good. With Grant taking his option I reckon we are set. Packer, Mats, ET, McQueen, Twal, Eiso, Lawrence, Grant,MCK is probably enough.
Forgot Aloai and Sue. That's 11 forwards to cover 8 spots with three on the bench.

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Unread post by Chris » Fri 08 Sep, 2017 4:02 am

I cant shake the feeling that Chris McQueen will be our next Nick Graham.

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Unread post by jadtiger » Fri 08 Sep, 2017 7:33 am

Chris wrote:
Fri 08 Sep, 2017 4:02 am
I cant shake the feeling that Chris McQueen will be our next Nick Graham.
Or Ballin Anasta Cayless Sattler all duds of the highest order.

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Unread post by TigerSkins » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 5:24 pm

Im really concerned that we have purchased two players who would be considered "damaged goods", we've done it before (Ballin and Idris) and we might have done it again in Reynolds and McQueen. Reynolds hammies and calf muscle tears are a sign that he is on his last legs .. have we payed WAY too much for him ??, and McQueen, wow he's had his C5, C6 vertebrae replaced, then had C6 and C7 fused together .. wow !!
I have my C4, C5, and C6 all fused together with a titanium plate and my neck hurts like hell especially in winter ... I can hardly bend my neck forward or backwards with limited sideways movement, and this guy wants to play footy again .. !! My hats off to him if gets back on the field let alone see the season out. We have a lot of money tied up in these two players, hope we have done the right thing .. !!

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Unread post by Sco77y » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 5:32 pm

TigerSkins wrote:
Thu 14 Sep, 2017 5:24 pm
Im really concerned that we have purchased two players who would be considered "damaged goods", we've done it before (Ballin and Idris) and we might have done it again in Reynolds and McQueen. Reynolds hammies and calf muscle tears are a sign that he is on his last legs .. have we payed WAY too much for him ??, and McQueen, wow he's had his C5, C6 vertebrae replaced, then had C6 and C7 fused together .. wow !!
I have my C4, C5, and C6 all fused together with a titanium plate and my neck hurts like hell especially in winter ... I can hardly bend my neck forward or backwards with limited sideways movement, and this guy wants to play footy again .. !! My hats off to him if gets back on the field let alone see the season out. We have a lot of money tied up in these two players, hope we have done the right thing .. !!
Geez, well when you put it like that it doesn't sound too good :?
And yeah, if it's true what was reported to be the amount we're paying Reynolds then I believe that's too much. Not saying he isn't good but it just feels like too much, especially considering the length of the contract.

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Unread post by Harvey » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 5:34 pm

I think McQueen may be a massive disappointment. Serious neck injury is much worse than soft tissue injuries after 5 months to recover

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Unread post by fergiefurr » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 5:41 pm

apparently the neck surgery he had is one that has a high rate of success and he should recover 100% from it. if fit he will be a valuable asset for us next year imo

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Unread post by Geo. » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 5:42 pm

"I was hopeful of that right up until the time that I signed with the Tigers, that I would stay here, but that's footy and that's the way it worked out," McQueen said.

"I'm getting quite old now so that three year offer from the Tigers made a big difference to the two years.

"I've absolutely loved my time up here. I am a Queenslander so I've really enjoyed being back here and the Titans fans have absolutely embraced me so I've got nothing but good words about my time on the Gold Coast."

http://www.nrl.com/mcqueen-adamant-tita ... fault.aspx

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Unread post by Tigerdon » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 6:53 pm

^ hopefully he's comments were trying soften the blow for GC fans.
He'll have to do a take two when he gets here. "I'm feeling young and fresh .always wanted to be a Tiger. Ready to rip on in and have the best preseason ever."
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Unread post by jirskyr » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 6:58 pm

TigerSkins wrote:
Thu 14 Sep, 2017 5:24 pm
Im really concerned that we have purchased two players who would be considered "damaged goods", we've done it before (Ballin and Idris) and we might have done it again in Reynolds and McQueen. Reynolds hammies and calf muscle tears are a sign that he is on his last legs .. have we payed WAY too much for him ??, and McQueen, wow he's had his C5, C6 vertebrae replaced, then had C6 and C7 fused together .. wow !!
I have my C4, C5, and C6 all fused together with a titanium plate and my neck hurts like hell especially in winter ... I can hardly bend my neck forward or backwards with limited sideways movement, and this guy wants to play footy again .. !! My hats off to him if gets back on the field let alone see the season out. We have a lot of money tied up in these two players, hope we have done the right thing .. !!
Because Luke Brooks has never had hamstring issues?

Dunno about Reynolds, he's not young, but hamstrings can strike any age and also be recoverable. Justin Hodges forged a great career despite having tissue-thin hammies.

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Unread post by wt00 » Wed 01 Nov, 2017 9:16 am

McQueen: Neck surgery saved my career
Wests Tigers recruit Chris McQueen has opened up for the first time on the delicate neck surgery that has not only prevented permanent nerve damage but he believes will enable him to overcome a crisis of confidence and get back to his best.

The former Rabbitoh and Titan was back on the Gold Coast on Tuesday to see the specialist and was given the all clear to begin training with his new Wests Tigers teammates when they begin pre-season training next Thursday.

McQueen was told that he can build into wrestling and light contact over the next month before a six-month check-up in early January where he hopes his neck will have recovered to the point where he can resume full contact and prepare for his maiden year with the Tigers.
In a raw and honest interview, McQueen spoke of the fear he was beginning to take into every tackle and the erosion of confidence in a player who represented Queensland in six State of Origin matches and earlier this year made his debut for England against Samoa.

Indeed, it was McQueen's desperation to line up for England at the World Cup that saw him continually delay having surgery until a knock he suffered whilst playing for the Titans against South Sydney in Round 15 left him with little choice.

For a month he wrestled with the decision of undergoing surgery that he knew would end his season until he came to fully appreciate the implications of what could happen if he continued to play without receiving the proper treatment.

"The main risk was getting permanent nerve damage in my neck and my arm," McQueen told NRL.com.

"Just before the surgery I was getting to the point where my left thumb was pretty much numb and then I'd get sporadic numbness from halfway down my arm right down to my thumb. That would come and go.

"It got to the point where if I didn't have the surgery soon that numbness will get worse and could be permanent.

"I've got a long life after footy so as soon as they started talking about permanent nerve damage and losing feeling in my hands and fingers permanently, that's a little bit scary.

"I've seen a lot of players have neck surgeries and come back and play their best footy again so that didn't really scare me.

"I never really thought that I'd never get to play footy again. If anything it was the opposite.

"I thought if I didn't have the surgery that it might get to the point where I won't get to play again."

Even before it was announced in mid-April that McQueen would be joining the Tigers on a three-year deal from 2018 the 2014 premiership winner was talking with the Titans team doctor and specialists about the need for surgery.

An easy decision

Due to turn 31 the day after the Tigers' Round 1 clash with the Sydney Roosters next March, McQueen estimates he has had four cortisone injections in the left side of his neck over the past five years.

It was when the right side also started causing pain after the Rabbitohs game in June that he knew the bulging discs he had been coping with for so long were only getting worse and that the mental demons of playing with neck pain weren't going to go away.

"There was the physical pain every time I got jammed up; it felt like I was getting struck by lightning," said McQueen.

"It got pretty bad by the end and it ruined my confidence. I couldn't go into a tackle and get my head in nice and tight.

"My head was always hanging out in the tackle and for that reason I started being a bit loose in defence and missing tackles.

"I had a week off after the Rabbitohs game and then I was planning to play that following week and I went to test it at training and Ryan James hit me with a pad in the head – I told him to so I could test it – and it just dropped me.

"Even when I was carrying the ball, it got to the point where I was just terrified of someone even touching my head. It would just buckle me.

"I had aspirations of playing in the World Cup this year but once I hurt that other side and both sides were starting to get affected… I couldn't make a tackle or even run the ball through pads without hurting it.

"That's when I made that decision."

Eye of the Tiger

McQueen and partner Nicole have now settled back in Sydney and the free-running back-rower is excited to be part of a Tigers recruitment drive that also yielded Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer, Ben Matulino, Benji Marshall and Taane Milne.

Although full contact will have to wait until after Christmas, a rejuvenated McQueen is ready to rip into pre-season training with his sights set on a start for his new club in what will be a blockbuster opening game of the season.

"They finished off the year pretty strongly and they've recruited quite well so it is exciting times," McQueen said of his new club.

"I should be all right to be doing proper weights and all the running stuff but it's three to four months post-surgery before I can start doing contact. Once I start I can progress as fast as I'm comfortable and as fast as I'm capable.

"I'm quite hopeful that after Christmas I'll be fully fit and it will be as if I've never had a problem."
http://m.nrl.com/mcqueen-neck-surgery-s ... fault.aspx
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Unread post by TigerTiger » Wed 01 Nov, 2017 9:26 am

"Even before it was announced in mid-April that McQueen would be joining the Tigers on a three-year deal from 2018 the 2014 premiership winner was talking with the Titans team doctor and specialists about the need for surgery."

So, that means it is a pre-existing injury, one which was known about (at least to McQueen) before he signed. So if it worsens, and he has to retire early, we may be forced to include his salary up till the end of 2020 in the cap.

Fingers crossed for him and us, and I hope he disclosed it to the Tigers when he signed.

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