Visit to Brett Horsnell
Former Gold Coast, Brisbane Crushers and Parramatta Eels Rugby League player Brett Horsnell was overwhelmed by a visit from the Gold Coast Men of League Foundation Welfare Officers Greg Sylvester, Bobby Honan, Greg Rousell and former Australian International David Waite.
Since his retirement in 1998 Brett has had to endure several serious medical problems. In 2002 he had to have surgery on his back, then in 2004 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, whilst at present he is undergoing a series of tests to determine if he has multiple sclerosis.
Brett represented Queensland in Under 16’s in 1985, and Captained the Australian Schoolboys tour to New Zealand in 1988. He made his first grade debut in the ARL with the Gold Coast Giants as a lock forward in 1989. Brett remained with the Giants/Seagulls until the end of season 1994, when he was then signed by the South Queensland Crushers for two years. In 1997 he transferred to Parramatta where he played in every position in the scrum, including hooker. Upon his retirement in 1988 Brett had played 154 first grade games in the ARL/NRL.
Before leaving the Welfare Officers presented Brett with a Men of League cap which he would treasure, as one of his enjoyments is collecting caps.