Former Preston rugby player forced to have leg amputated

Posted on - 20th May, 2017 - 11:23am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Greyfriars, Preston News, Sport
Billy Woof in happier times at Preston Grasshoppers
Billy Woof in happier times at Preston Grasshoppers

A former Preston Grasshoppers player has been forced to have his leg amputated after an injury sustained on the field of play.


Billy Woof left Hoppers to play for Birkenhead Park during the 2016-17 season.

In a recent play-off match between Birkenhead and Penrith in late April he suffered a knee dislocation in the final minutes of the game.

His club Birkenhead Park released the following statement: “Sadly due to complications, Billy has had his lower leg amputated on Friday 12th May. He is currently recovering well in hospital and is in good spirits. Having already started his rehab.

“Billy is being supported by his family, girlfriend and friends at this time and we ask that you please respect the family’s privacy while Billy is in the early stages of recovery.”

“Birkenhead Park Rugby Club, and I’m sure the entire extended rugby community, will do whatever we can to help Billy with his rehabilitation and his future wellbeing.”

Billy playing for Birkenhead
Billy playing for Birkenhead

His former club Hoppers have released a statement saying they will do all they can for the former player.

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They said: “The club was shocked and upset to learn that Billy Woof suffered a life changing injury in the recent playoff match between Birkenhead Park and Penrith.

“Our thoughts are with Billy and his family at this difficult time.

“Billy had left Lightfoot Green to return to Birkenhead Park during the 2016/17 season after being a 1st XV regular over the past few years.

“As a club, we will be contacting the Woof family when appropriate to discuss what support we can provide to help Billy both now and in the future.

“The mantra of our club is “Once a Hopper, Always a Hopper”. Billy was once a Hopper and will always be a Hopper.

“We are sure that everyone at Lightfoot Green and the wider rugby community will want to wish Billy well as he begins his recovery and no doubt rally around to provide their support.”

You can leave your messages of support for Billy in the comments below

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