South Sydney’s hopes of surging again into the highest eight have suffered a devastating blow with strike centre Campbell Graham set to be sidelined for as much as six months after the membership introduced he wanted surgical procedure to restore injury to his sternum.
The 24-year-old was certainly one of their standouts in 2023, with Graham scoring a career-high 16 tries from 21 appearances, together with two hat-tricks within the opening 9 rounds.
Graham was taking part in so effectively final season that he was named 18th man for NSW for the State of Origin opener however rapidly withdrew from camp because of the sternum grievance.
It’s an harm he battled by way of all season, with the membership saying on Thursday that he’ll must have surgical procedure, with Graham anticipated to return earlier than the finals ought to the Rabbitohs get there.
It’s additionally a blow for the NRL who had used the rangy centre as a part of their promotional tour of the States to ramp up hype for the double-header.
“Rabbitohs centre Campbell Graham will endure surgical procedure subsequent week to restore injury to his sternum which see him sidelined for as much as six months,” a membership assertion learn.
“Graham performed by way of the harm all through the 2023 season and has skilled all through the pre-season; nonetheless, a call has been made to endure surgical procedure on the affected space.
“Graham is predicted to be again on the sector for South Sydney on the back-end of the common season.”
The Rabbitohs will probably flip to Jack Wighton and Isaiah Tass to play within the centres, with Alex Johnston and Tyrone Munro on the wings, though Wighton will miss their first recreation in Las Vegas as a result of suspension.
In the meantime, the Dragons have signed Christian Tuipulotu from the Sea Eagles efficient instantly on a two-year deal.
“Christian is a giant physique who can add some strike out of the backfield and shall be a invaluable addition to the membership,” Dragons coach Shane Flanagan mentioned.
“We now have some good exterior backs coming by way of on the Dragons however having misplaced Corey Allan for the season it was necessary for us so as to add some NRL expertise to the backline for this 12 months.”
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