EAST Perth reserves player Beau Chatley, who suffered a serious spinal injury during a match against West Perth on Saturday, has shown signs of improvement in Royal Perth Hospital.
The 21-year-old landed heavily in a tackle late in the second quarter of the match at Medibank Stadium, Leederville, and was taken off on a stretcher.
He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital by ambulance and underwent surgery on Saturday night.
A statement on the East Perth website on Monday morning said Chatley had displayed some improvement in the past 24 hours.
“Beau is still in the Intensive Care Unit in a serious but stable condition,” it read.
“He was taken off the respirator last night and is breathing unassisted.
“This morning Beau asked for and ate food for the first time since the incident. There has also been slight movement in his right hand.
“The support from the football community has been overwhelming.
“The club would like to thank everyone for their well wishes, kind words and prayers.
“Understandably the family has asked for privacy with this matter and we ask that this be granted.”
Chatley, from Manjimup, has played 68 reserves matches and three league games during a five-year career at the Royals.