Old Hull FC Forward Frank Pritchard is on life support due to the effects of the coronavirus.
Pritchard is in hospital and according to reports elsewhere he is fighting for his life with a collapsed lung and other major health issues as a result of Covid-19.
The 38-year-old made 26 appearances for Black and White during a one-year span in the Super League in 2016.
He is still a favorite among FC supporters as his performances in the peloton helped the club to the first-ever Challenge Cup final victory at Wembley Stadium.
Pritchard also helped Lee Radford’s side advance to the play-off semi-finals, where they narrowly lost to the Wigan Warriors.
The forward returned to the NRL after the 2016 campaign to play a final year with Parramatta Eels and his remarkable career ended in 2017 after capturing Samoa in the 2017 Rugby Union World Cup.
Pritchard’s career began in 2003 with Penrith Panthers, where he made 144 appearances before moving to the Canterbury Bulldogs and he was at the Bulldogs when he played alongside current FC half-back Josh Reynolds.
“Thinking of you my brother, I love you my man. One of the biggest, ”Reynolds wrote on social media this morning.
Phil Gould, Bulldogs general manager of football, wrote: “Hearts and prayers are with former Bulldog Frank Pritchard who is in hospital to fight Covid. We send you our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Our love for Frank’s family and friends.