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: NRL Round 21 - MAnly v Penrith @ Brookevale Oval, Friday 1st of August 2008. Digi image by Grant Trouville © Action Photographics.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles wish to send their thoughts to former Club captain Matt Orford, who is currently facing one of his greatest battles.

Nick-named ‘The Ox’, Orford captained the Sea Eagles in the 40-0 win over Melbourne Storm in the 2008 Grand Final, and played 98 matches for Manly. He remains one of the Club’s favourite sons.

Orford underwent hip surgery in Mater Hospital, North Sydney, last week and remained there following complications from the operation.

On Sunday morning, Orford was found on the bathroom floor after collapsing from a seizure.

Orford was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital and following permission from his father, Allan, doctors performed an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

He currently remains in hospital with his family by his bedside.

“Matt is in good hands with the medical staff at Royal North Shore,’’ Allan said today.

“Naturally, his mother and his family are devastated with what has happened.

“We like to thank the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Club and the rugby league community who have offered their love and support during this difficult time.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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