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

The Mater Hospital has today confirmed that former NRL player Matt Orford is expected to make a full recovery having recently suffered a clot on his brain. Mr Orford was recovering from orthopedic surgery at The Mater when he developed the clot.

Speaking from his bed at The Mater, the former premiership winning Manly Sea Eagles Captain thanked all those who had played a role in his recovery.

"I am very lucky to have survived such a clot. I want to thank the specialists at Royal North Shore for their life-saving treatment as well as the staff at The Mater for responding so swiftly,'' Orford said.

ā€œIā€™m now well on the road to a full recovery and I have the terrific expertise of the multidisciplinary clinicians at the two hospitals to thank for this as well as the extraordinary support of my family, friends and the Football community.ā€