St George Illawarra fullback Cody Ramsey ruled out for season due to illness

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Ramsey’s health and appearance have improved significantly since he first returned to training a few weeks ago. He has gained almost 10 kilos in that period.

Cody Ramsey talks to Jack de Belin at training this week.Credit:Morgan Taylor

“Our focus will be on Cody’s medical rehabilitation and well-being in the first phase,” a club spokesperson told the club. Herald.

“From there we will work on what the future holds for him. He has been training with the players and coaches lately and has been a hugely positive influence on all of us at the club.

“Cody is a great character, one of the most passionate, popular and respected members of our club and will be a major influence on the success of the team in the upcoming season.”

Under NRL rules, the only available avenues for salary cap dispensation are either through medical retirement or through the representative injury waiver.

Ramsey does not fall into the second category. If he were forced to retire, the Dragons would face a salary cap, but no one at the club wants to shatter his dreams.

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A medical retirement would require Ramsey to sign a statement that he would not play in the NRL in the future. The 22-year-old is not yet ready to give up on his return to the sport.

He remains contracted for 2023 and 2024 having signed an extension just weeks before the start of the 2021 season.

If Ramsey does not retire, the Dragons do have the option of applying for an exemption, but it is expected that his illness will fall into the same category as an injury.

Ramsey was expected to start the year at fullback after impressing in the role in the second half of last season. That position has now passed to Tyrell Sloan, who endured a tumultuous season following his relegation to NSW Cup.

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