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'The massive pain just wouldn't go away - it was mental torture'

Ex-Ireland star Ferris still feeling effects of injury-ravaged career

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Stephen Ferris

Stephen Ferris

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Former Ulster and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Ulster and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Stephen Ferris

A dark empty feeling hung over Stephen Ferris as he sat in the all-too-familiar surrounds of the doctor's waiting room.

Just a few weeks earlier, he had been in the same place having been handed a lifeline for his career that was veering wildly towards the edge of a cliff.

No sooner had Ferris been offered the glimmer of hope than it was cruelly snatched away again, as he began to face up to a reality that he had tried to ignore up to that point.