Back-row forward Matt Ryan is set to miss the remainder of the season as he prepares to undergo shoulder surgery next week.
Ryan has been the only ever-present in the First Utility Super League during 2014 for the Wildcats in a year disrupted by injuries throughout the squad.
Having played through the pain for a number of weeks, Trinity boss James Webster is set to pull the Australian out of the firing line in order to allow one of the year’s most consistent performers to be in a position to return for the start of pre-season, a luxury not afforded to him in his first year at the club having only arrived days before the start of the current campaign.
“He’ll go in for an operation next Wednesday so that will be him for the season,” said Webster. ”He’s done a good job for us but it probably typifies our season in that we’ve had to patch people up for a long period of time but we don’t have to do that anymore.
“We’re looking at pre-season next year for Matty and we want him back for the first day of pre-season. We probably see that as more important than what the rest of the year holds.
“He’s had it for a while and didn’t want to know the full extent until I made him go and get a scan – he wanted to carry on playing. But he can’t hold onto the ball, you saw that when he dropped the ball in the act of scoring (against Catalans).
“I thought it was cruel watching him play in that while his effort and commitment to the team was outstanding, it’s just not fair on him anymore.”
Whilst Ryan may be out for the rest of the year, Daniel Smith could return in two weeks time from a knee injury, with Pita Godinet also in line to feature before the end of the campaign as he recovers from his own knee problem. The Samoan hooker is expected to be available for selection in approximately four weeks.
Dean Collis (knee) could make a long awaited return in the next home game against Huddersfield Giants, although a definitive date on his comeback is yet to be set.