The story of Kyle Turner’s return to the field in 2015 after major neck surgery, was a source of inspiration to Rabbitohs and Rugby League fans everywhere – the proud Rabbitoh overcoming many obstacles to again play first grade.
And when Turner did get back into the grind of NRL action towards the back end of the 2015 season, the young-gun showed exactly what he was capable of by topping the tackle count in a number of matches, coupled with consistently putting in a high work-load in general.
In just six appearances, Turner ran for 278 metres from total of 35 hit-ups, while averaging some 31.3 tackles per match – the forward showing brilliant courage and lack of fear in the process.
Turner was one of a handful of talented debutants in 2014 that helped the Rabbitohs to a 21st Premiership after coming through the ranks of the under 20s, scoring six tries in 2014, including a brilliant four-pointer against Parramatta that saw him soar over the Eels defence in round 19 to take a bomb and score.
In all, during his debut season, Turner made a total of 1205 metres with the ball in hand off 137 runs. Turner also broke 16 tackles while breaking defensive lines on seven occasions. Defensively, the young-gun made 583 tackles.
To see some of Turner’s highlights from 2015, please press play on the video player.