McKinnon has reportedly stood up on his own for the first time since suffering a horrific spinal injury last March.
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Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone has revealed former club forward Alex McKinnon has stood up on his own for the first time since suffering a spinal injury in an NRL game last March.
McKinnon has returned to Newcastle following rehabilitation in Sydney after suffering the injury in a tackle that left him in a wheelchair.
“He’s just finished in his rehab and he actually stood up unabated the other day … he stood up on his own which is a terrific sort of step for Alex,” Stone told Sky Sports Radio.
The 22-year-old will take on a hands-on role at the Knights this season, working alongside Stone, director of football Michael Hagan and high performance coach Troy Pezet in recruitment.
Stone said McKinnon would begin his new position on January 27.
“That’s going to be a great opportunity for Alex to get his teeth into something he really loves, footy,” he said.
“He’s inspiring young men and everyone in the club will be really happy to see him back.”