Tony Smith has decided to reveal the real horrors facing Mose Masoe on the anniversary of the star’s tragic accident.
The Hull KR prop has been inspirational in the way he’s handled being paralysed from the shoulders down in a pre-season game exactly a year ago.
Masoe can now walk a few paces and is publicly upbeat in the face of his life-changing problems.
But Rovers coach Smith admits his team-mates, friends and support team are incredibly worried about what the future holds for the gentle giant.
He said: “He will not like me saying some of these things because he is a very proud man and he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him because he says there are people worse off than him.
“Mose has helped a lot of people over the last year with his positivity and we are all in awe of his attitude. He has inspired people all over the world.
“But now it’s time that Mose got help because otherwise his and his family’s future could be very bleak.”
Father-of-four Masoe, 31, suffered horrific spinal injuries after he fell awkwardly in an innocuous tackle in a friendly against Wakefield.
A Just Giving page raised more than £112,000 and Rovers are paying him in full for the remainder of his contract, which runs out at the end of this year.
Rugby League Cares also adapted his house, to help his recovery, but Smith said the real fear is about what happens after this year.
He said: “A few of us have started to realise that his prospects are very gloomy.
“It takes him a long time to walk five metres and he’s in fear of falling if he leaves the house.
“He has no dexterity in his hands so he couldn’t hold down a job where he has to use a keyboard or a pen.
“There is also an embarrassment for him that his bodily functions may never work smoothly again.
“He’s got a beautiful little family, including a five-month-old baby, but his partner is the carer for all of them so she cannot go out and earn a living.”
Masoe and his family will have to leave Britain when his visa runs out later this year but he’s unlikely to qualify for government aid back in New Zealand or Australia.
The maximum he can expect from an insurance pay-out, for his career-ending injuries, is a one-off payment of £50,000.
Smith said: “We need to help them financially to function in the future as a family, otherwise they could be thrown out on the street.
“We are not talking about a few cake stands to raise money. We need to do something significant because his capacity to survive from his own income is very bleak.”
A fund-raising committee is being set up and Smith added: “A lot of people have already been very generous but we now need their help more than ever.”