PAIN: Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen during Saturday's major semi final win over Wests.
PAIN: Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen during Saturday's major semi final win over Wests. Matthew McInerney

Ingebrigtsen's time as a Hervey Bay player cut short

IT IS not the way Tye Ingebrigtsen wanted his time as a Hervey Bay Seagull to end.

Ingebrigtsen will feature at Bundaberg Rugby League's grand final day purely in a coaching role after he broke his hand in Saturday's major semi final.

While he visited Hervey Bay Hospital on Sunday morning with some hope, he said he knew his season was over as soon as it happened.

It caps a horrendous year for the Cairns-bound coach, after a shoulder injury in the Seagulls' first-round loss to Past Brothers kept him out of action for 17 weeks.

"It's devastating," he said.

"This whole year has been tough. It is a bit of a pain but at least I'm still part of it (in a coaching capacity)."

Ingebrigtsen's hand will remain in plaster for six weeks, with the utility unable to return to sport for at least another six weeks after that.

Twelve weeks don't go into 12 days however, but Ingebrigtsen was confident his side's depth would cover the loss.

"Everyone's telling me to cut it off but even when I was running around out there I couldn't tackle," Ingebrigtsen said.

"I don't want to be a liability and take someone else's place. We'll have TJ Horne and Ash Boney back so they'll get it done."

While the A-grade side is through the decider the Seagulls' reserve grade and under-18s will both play in preliminary finals this week.



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