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North Queensland Cowboys Fullback Te Maire Martin sidelined bleeding on the brain



Cowboys backback Te Maire Martin will be indefinitely on the edge of "little bleeding in the brain", resulting in ongoing migraines for the international Kiwi.

North Queensland Football Director Peter Parr confirmed that Martin will be sent to a Townsville-based neurologist after complaining about headaches over the past fourteen days.

Coach Paul Green has identified Martin as a "little knocking" in the loss of Cowboys to Melbourne three weeks ago, but has not shown any signs of shocks ever since.

Cowboys have recorded seven NRL games over Martin this season, but they have been unable to select any field incident that would lead to brain bleeding.

It's a small bleeding, that's positive, it's not a career threat or anything like that.

Cowboys Football Director Peter Parr

At this stage, the club does not believe that Martin's headaches stem from a bout of shocks he has suffered in a match or training session.

According to Parr, Martin, 23, is in good shape and meets experts to determine the nature of his headache and recovery time.

"He's okay, he's resting at the moment, and that's the only thing he can do at the moment," Parr NRL.com said Tuesday night.

“He has some other tests to get to the bottom of what caused him.

"It's a small bleeding, that's positive, it's not a career threat or anything like that. It's a thing you'll learn more about."

"He will just rest at this point, carry out the appropriate tests and get him to see the right people, and we will continue to make decisions."

Martin played 49 games for Cowboys from the mid-season transfer from Penrith two years ago, playing a leading role in North Queensland's unlikely march to the 2017 Grand Final.

New Zealand International Colleague Jordan Kahu will replace Martin this week for a Friday home clash with the Titans, returning Tom Opacic to the first class Wednesday.


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