ROUGHYEDS coach Brendan Sheridan has revealed the lasting effects of his battle against coronavirus.

The club’s assistant spent three weeks in Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield last month after coming down with Covid-19.

For the first two of those he was on the Intensive Care Unit in an induced coma and on a ventilator to help him to breath, also needing to be packed in ice to reduce his fever.

Sheridan has now opened up on being left with post-traumatic stress disorder and, thanks to the intervention of Rugby League Cares, has been put in touch with Sporting Chance, a specialist clinic set up by former football star Tony Adams.

The 41-year-old father of three said: “I’ve seriously been struggling to get any sleep.

“I’m haunted by the thought that if I hadn’t pulled through I wouldn’t have been able to say a proper goodbye to my family.

“As rugby players you shrug off bruises, breaks and torn muscles, but you can’t see the tears on the inside. I’ve been carrying some mental baggage with me all my life and if I live for another 41 years I don’t want to be burying it every time I put my head on the pillow.”

Matt Diskin’s No.2 at Oldham says the mental battle is a daily one as he survived a virus that has now killed more than 37,000 people in the UK.

“When I left hospital one of the physiotherapists shed a tear and said it was a miracle I had pulled through,” Sheridan added.

“I owe my life to those wonderful NHS people. Physically I feel fine now, but mentally it’s hard to process everything that’s happened to me and everything that continues to happen to other people.

“A lot of people go into hospital with it and tragically don’t come back. That haunts me and every day I ask myself why I’ve survived and others have failed to make it.”

Shez, as he is known throughout rugby league, said he would never be able to adequately thank the rugby league community including his Oldham colleagues, Roughyeds fans and club chairman Chris Hamilton.

“Chris was in constant touch with my mum and my family,” he said. “He was absolutely fantastic and I can’t stress too much the level of help he’s given me, mentally and emotionally.”