Wagga City’s premiership aspirations have taken a big hit with star halfback Stu Dyer ruled out for the rest of the season.
Dyer injured his knee in big win over Griffith almost two weeks ago, and while the physiotherapist knew what to expect, specialists delivered the bad news this week.
He’s not only torn his anterior cruciate ligament but torn his medial cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee plus suffered some bone damage.
“I did a good job," Dyer joked. There’s no point doing half measures."
With surgery booked in for next week, it means he’ll miss the Boiled Lollies finals campaign as well as part of next season.
With his upcoming wedding and honeymoon, Dyer was already looking at a later start to next year, but missing the remainder of this season is a big blow for the team looking to go one better than last year’s final appearance.
“We are just starting to click so it is disappointing to miss out on the finals,” he said.
The 28-year-old made the switch from Leeton this season and has added plenty of quality to Wagga City’s play.
However the Brumbies Provincial representative remains confident the club has the depth to cover.
“The guys that we have got are going to step up,” Dyer said. “There are a couple of guys who can fill in the role I was playing plus Keifer (Power) is playing well, Jayden (Stanton) has been playing well and having JC (James Curgenven) back has helped as well.
“The guys are stepping up and don’t need me to win, as they showed on the weekend.”
Drew Martin played at halfback during and will again take the crucial role against Ag College on Saturday.
Wagga City coach Michael Kanck thought Dyer’s unfortunate opening opened the door for Martin and Matt Clarke to stake their claim.
“We have some very good halfbacks in the club who have probably been waiting for an opportunity and it’s come up for them,” Kanck said. “They’ve been biting at the bit to go their chance so Stu’s loss is their gain in a way.”