Ex-Wigan Warriors prop Ryan Sutton has suffered a terrible injury ahead of his shock transfer.
Sutton is currently plying his trade for the Canberra Raiders in the NRL but will be making a shock move to the Canterbury Bulldogs from 2023 onwards after inking a three-year deal – though the contract still hasn’t been announced.
However, the forward’s time with the Green Machine has been cut short due to him needing season-ending surgery on a finger tendon.
Sutton has registered 74 appearances across four seasons for Canberra since making the move back in 2019.
With a former English cohort of Sutton, John Bateman, George Williams and Elliott Whitehead, only captain Whitehead will be at the capital club going forward into 2023.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are hoping to complete a contract deal for star forward Joseph Tapine despite the fact that rivals are said to be circling.
“The Raiders are about to ramp this right up,” Dave Riccio said on Triple M.
“I understand Joey Tapine’s management will fly to Canberra next week for high-level talks in relation to a contract extension for Tapine to stay at the Raiders. I’m expecting around a four-year deal here guys and it would be significant because we know how influential he has been this year for them.”
Canberra chief executive Don Furner is confident Tapine will remain with the Green Machine.
“He did (come to meet) and we started first chats. We caught up with him and had positive meetings,” Furner said.
But, one man who will not be there in 2023 is Sutton who will be moving to Canterbury.
The forward made 118 appearances for Wigan between 2014 and 2018, helping the Warriors to a Grand Final win in 2016 and 2018 before departing at the end of the latter.