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Melbourne Storm CEO Mark Evans has again this morning spoken to Newcastle Knights CEO Matt Gidley to express the Club’s concern and support for Alex McKinnon and his family.

McKinnon sustained a neck injury late in the first half of Monday’s night match between Storm and the Knights.

Storm will continue to work with the Knights and the NRL in offering the appropriate ongoing support and assistance to Alex and his family.

The entire Storm family wishes Alex a full recovery.

Earlier this morning the NRL released the following statement:

The NRL today wished Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon a full recovery from his injury sustained in last night’s match in Melbourne.

NRL CEO, Mr Dave Smith, said the thoughts of the entire Rugby League community were with Alex, his family and friends.

“The doctors have advised that it will be a number of days or weeks until the extent of his injury is known,” Mr Smith said.

“The NRL and the League community will do whatever we can to support Alex and his family during this time.”

Mr Smith said spinal injuries were extremely rare in Rugby League and it was clear that everyone on the field last night was distressed at Alex’s injury.

“At this time our entire focus is on Alex’s wellbeing and we wish him a full recovery,” Mr Smith said.

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