Cutters' double trouble
SYDNEY recruit Dean Webster has been ruled out for the season, but the Skills Training Mackay Cutters forward is determined to make a comeback.
Webster suffered a fractured patella (kneecap) in the first 10 minutes of Saturday's trial match against Souths Sharks on Saturday.
"I was tackled and I just clashed knees with someone," Webster said.
"At first I thought I had just corked it, but then when I tried to get up I realised straight away it was pretty bad."
Saturday's match was the last trial game before the Cutters start the official Queensland Cup season this Sunday.
"It's very disappointing, especially when we are only one week out from the start of the season," he said.
"I'm determined to get back.
"I'll just have to listen to what they say and then start up with the rehab."
Since moving to Mackay Webster has been working as an accountant in the city.
He said he had settled in well and was enjoying living in Mackay.
"Everything has been going well ... all the boys have been really great," he said.
"Probably the (worst) thing about this is that I was feeling really good about everything and really looking forward to the start of the season ... it is just disappointing."
The second-rower, who would have been in the Cutters' starting side, was in surgery on Sunday and was recovering in hospital yesterday afternoon.
Despite several injury blows this year, Cutters coach Anthony Seibold said the team was in a good place for the season's first match.
The Cutters will square off against the Redcliffe Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium in Brisbane this weekend.
Seibold said on Sunday that Souths player Kelvin Neilsen's performance in Saturday's trial match could earn him a spot in this week's game.