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Sport NRL coronavirus: NRL legend Spudd Carroll's emotional plea after closing down gym

11:31  24 march  2020
11:31  24 march  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Rugby league legend Mark 'Spudd' Carroll has been forced to close the doors of his Surry Hills gym after 15 years as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to takes its toll.

Carroll, who played 12 Tests for Australia and made seven State of Origin appearances for New South Wales in a 12-year rugby league career, has run his small but popular gym on Crown Street since 2005.

In an emotional Instagram post, Spudd confirmed he had been forced to close the gym in light of new rules introduced to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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One day after the gym's closure and the NRL announcing the season would be suspended indefinitely, Spudd appeared on Fox League Live.

The former Panthers, Souths and Manly hard man revealed the full extent of the current crisis.

"I never seen this coming. I was so excited for this year, celebrating 15 years in business," he said.

"I've been there 15-years. There's more germs in the gym stronger than the virus. There's no way in the world I'm gonna get it. I'm immune.

"But I've got a young family.

"I'm hoping we come back in three months and I'm hoping people will come back, but it's going to be bloody tough."

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The 53-year-old even said he had the police checking to see whether he was flouting the new laws by training people.

"I've actually put a screen up in front of my doors, because you can acutally see through," he said.

"And I can actually see from the Spudd's Gym looking out and you wouldn't believe it, the bloody police rocked up this morning.

"I'm in there by myself. They said 'are you training people?'

"I said, 'mate, I'm at the gym by myself, come and have a look.'

"I've got that much smell in there from deoderants, and spraying clean that your eyes will water.

"But it gives me the shits, because the government's said we'll get rid of gyms, but you're allowed to go and get your bloody hair done and get tinea scrubbed from your feet.

"Are they kidding?"

Although the current lockdowns have hit him hard, Spudd said the total closure of gyms across the state could lead to mental health issues.

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"The thing about fitness is this - it's not only body, it's mind," he said.

"We're going to see suicide go through the roof.

"It's a sad thing in rugby league, but in life, man. Things are happening for the wrong reasons, and you've gotta keep your endorphins going.

"You can't just sit still in a room and fill yourself up with food."

With an uncertain future for his gym and the game he played for so many years, Spudd called for the community to keep looking after each other.

"There's a lot of people out there doing it a lot worse than what we are," he said.

"You've just gotta buckle down and ask your mate if he's ok, or it could be a female, 'are you ok?'

"We take it upon ourselves, we're men, we take it on our hearts.

"We'll come out of this."

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