Counsellor to visit Ghosts Under 18s following death

SHOCK LOSS: Grafton Ghosts Under-18s player Clinton McGrail-Skinner.
SHOCK LOSS: Grafton Ghosts Under-18s player Clinton McGrail-Skinner. FACEBOOK PROFILE

THE Grafton Ghosts Under-18s number 13 jersey will be retired for the remainder of the 2015 Group 2 Rugby League season.

The local rugby league community is mourning the tragic death of Clinton McGrail-Skinner, who as lock forward was a captain of the side and was named to wear the jersey in last Sunday's game day program against Nambucca Heads.

"We will retire his number 13 jersey for the rest of the year," Grafton Ghosts secretary Ray Crispin confirmed.

"We're all in shock.

"He had played for the Ghosts for about five years after coming across from Rebels."

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Crispin said Country Rugby League had organised for a counsellor to attend Grafton Ghosts training at Frank McGuren Field tonight.

"It is important to get the 18s involved in a session to discuss anything," Crispin said. "The counsellor will be there from 6pm to 8pm for anybody from throughout the club who needs to speak to someone."

It is understood South Grafton Rebels Under-18s will also attend.

"It's a really good thing that they're going to get both sides together," Grafton Ghosts president Neil Payne said.

On May 31 the Under-18s match between Ghosts and Rebels was called off early when McGrail-Skinner was injured in a tackle.


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