Young football player Jack Higgins is undergoing treatment in hospital for a brain bleed after the VFL match, according to the Richmond Football Club.
On Sunday, Higgins played in the VFL against Werribee.
In 2018, in his debut season, Higgins won the AFL’s goal of the year award.
Richmond said, “Higgins was in good spirits and the Tigers would provide more information when possible.”
General Manager of the football club, Neil Balme, said, “Higgins had a bit of a headache following the game, which led a doctor to order scans. It turns out it was bleeding on the brain, which was totally unexpected for us.”
Balme added, “There was no serious incident [with Higgins during the game] that we were concerned about. It [the diagnosis] is a worry, and concerning for us. The feedback is that it’s not terribly dangerous, but obviously, it’s pretty serious and will need more tests — we’ll find out [more] in the next couple of days.”
In his first season, Higgins burst onto the scene by kicking 15 goals, including a three-goal haul against Melbourne in his second game of senior football. However, the young Richmond player has struggled for form this year. He did not play in the Tigers’ AFL side since the round 13 game against the Adelaide Crows. Blame said, “He [Higgins] is so committed to his footy that the fact he won’t be able to play for a while, it won’t be easy for him. Hopefully, it’s not ‘serious serious’ and he can get over it and back into playing.”