Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Te Maire Martin’s NRL career lasted just three years originally, yet they were still full of accolades.
He represented New Zealand on multiple occasions, including in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and was a Grand Finalist with the North Queensland Cowboys in the same year, scoring the Cowboys only try in their 34-6 loss to the Melbourne Storm.
Unfortunately, Martin would be robbed of his career as the 2020 NRL season commenced, with the 26-year-old retiring after doctors found he had bleeding on his brain and was therefore unable to be cleared to play.
It was said that he simply had no chance of ever playing in the NRL again.
However, Martin’s agent Andrew Purcell has recently confirmed some extraordinary news via The Daily Telegraph, as his agent has not only been cleared to play but has been offered a contract by the Brisbane Broncos.
Saint, Sinner, Shoosh: Te Maire Martin, who quit rugby league two years ago because of bleeding on his brain, is set for a stunning return. Check out all the latest NRL chatter and much more, via @BuzzRothfield
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“When he retired there was a headline ‘if I play again I could die’ and that wasn’t factually correct,” said Purcell
“No brain expert ever said that. Te Maire was coming off contract and was advised to have a spell. Then he retired for two years and started playing a bit of footy with his brothers in New Zealand.
“He felt OK and started playing country footy then rang me up and said he was keen again. He’s had multiple tests and all the scans came back with the green light.
“He feels like he can start fresh and he’s grateful the Broncos have opened the door.”
It has also been revealed that Martin will sign on with the Broncos as a development player and start the 2022 NRL season in the Intrust Super Cup with 2021 runners up the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, who have recently lost star hooker and reigning Intrust Super Cup Player of the Year Jayden Berrell to the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.
Martin will likely start the year off the bench due to not playing the game professionally in over two years and the fact that current halves Jack Campagnolo and captain Sam Scarlett proved two of the league’s best players last season, but Martin won’t mind as he’s back playing the game that he loves.