By Laura Withers For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press
Published: 13:14 BST, 26 May 2019 | Updated: 14:28 BST, 26 May 2019
AFL star Paddy McCartin has revealed how a serious concussion left him as a shell of his former self and unable to perform simple tasks.
The St Kilda forward from Hobart, Tasmania has suffered a staggering eight concussions in his short-lived career, in which he has only played 35 games.
The 23-year-old sportsman now remains riddled with symptoms from the head injury he sustained in March during a match against the Western Bulldogs.
McCartin, who was the number one draft pick in 2014, explained how even everyday activities are now beyond his physical capabilities and how the injury has taken a serious toll on his mental well-being and robbed him of having a 'purpose'.
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AFL star Paddy McCartin (pictured alongside his partner Lucy Brownless) has revealed how a serious concussion has left him as just a shell of his former self
The St Kilda forward (pictured) has suffered a staggering eight concussions in his short-lived career, in which he has only played 35 games
'It's very concerning for me and I think for my girlfriend and my family, because I'm sort of just a shell of a person that I was,' McCartin told Triple M.
He said his descent into ill-health was almost immediate and he went from playing professional football to being 'completely different' within a matter of seconds.
McCartin said the symptoms of his latest bout of concussion have remained for longer than his previous head