NRL judiciary to hear McLean’s case over devastating McKinnon tackle

AS SUPPORT flows for injured NRL player Alex McKinnon, the rugby league fraternity is also considering the well-being of Jordan McLean.

The Melbourne Storm prop will face the judiciary tonight to defend a dangerous throw charge from the tackle that has left the Newcastle forward a quadriplegic.

The devastating diagnosis was revealed on Monday night and as thoughts and prayers made their way to the McKinnon family, McLean’s peers admitted they were also concerned for him.


The Australian reports, McLean was the only Storm player charged for the Round 3 tackle, after lifting McKinnon between the legs, but fellow forwards and brothers Jesse and Kenny Bromwich were also involved.

McKinnon attempted to tuck his head into his chest to protect himself as he was going to ground but unfortunately took the full brunt of the tackle on his neck.

McLean will be joined at tonight’s hearing by Melbourne chief executive Mark Evans, football manager Frank Ponissi and communications director Dave Donaghy.

It is believed the club has been looking at similar lifting tackles in the NRL, which have not had such tragic consequences, as part of its defence.

At this stage, the Storm has named McLean for Sunday’s clash against the Titans in Melbourne.

Star skipper Cameron Smith will lead the side, after a scan cleared him of any structural damage to his back, which had sidelined him last week.

While Titans coach John Cartwright has kept the 17 who were successful against the Cowboys.

Fullback Will Zillman has worked hard on his hamstring injury but will miss the trip to Melbourne and Ryan James, initially on a five-man bench for the Cowboys game, will have a run with the Tweed Seagulls in the Queensland Intrust Cup.