Talented prop Liam Knight has suffered a slight pre-season setback following an unfortunate injury last Saturday.
Knight, a standout for the Sea Eagles in the Holden Cup in 2015, had made an immediate impact on the new coaching staff at his first week of pre-season training.
However, in trying to cross a road in heavy rain, Knight rolled his ankle in a pothole.
“Scans showed Liam has a broken foot. He will miss the next six weeks of training,’’ said Head Coach Trent Barrett.
“It is very disappointing for Liam because he was going great. He showed all the attributes we wanted to see and it just reinforced what we thought of Liam after his performances for the 20s.
“Liam is a real player of the future and one we would like to keep long term. We will endeavour to do that.”
Meanwhile, another of the U20s stars from 2015, Addison Demetriou, is also watching on from the sidelines after undergoing wrist surgery.
Barrett said Knight and Demetriou were players with plenty of potential.
“They were very good in the 20s but now it is case of seeing how they play against men,’’ Barrett said
“Addison is big and powerful. There is no doubting he has a lot of ability but it is a different kettle of fish when you come up against the big boys.
“That’s the challenge for these young guys. It is a real step up for them and I’m looking forward to the trials to see how they go.”
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