In 2021 and 2022 Joe Cator was the king of bad luck.
After an strong 2020, Cator was a stand out for Hull FC at the beginning of 2021 as he and Jordan Lane both impressed looking like two loose-forwards who could be amongst the best in the league.
It was neck and neck over who was the better player but going into 2022 Lane had the edge after Cator cruelly suffered a ruptured achilles.
He would return near the beginning of 2022 having lost out to Lane in the battle for the number 13 shirt.
However, before long he had ruptured the same achilles in a clash with Leeds Rhinos.
Unfortunately, it’s worst case,” then Hull FC coach Brett Hodgson told BBC Radio Humberside at the time.
“It’s terrible news for Joe, and we’re all devastated for him, but we’ll make sure we pick him up and get him back.
“Whenever you’re coming back from a substantial injury it’s a pretty dark time and you feel pretty lonely but he’s got a good support network from his family.”
Now though, after the club has undergone immense change in the months since with a new boss in the shape of Tony Smith and some star signing from the NRL and Super League rivals, Cator is back on the training field and ready to go in 2023.