Former Wigan Warriors star Ryan Sutton is one of the best forwards Britain has produced in recent times but he has gone under the radar due to the fact he has been plying his trade in the NRL during his peak years helping Canberra Raiders to the 2019 Grand Final.
Sadly, Sutton has been making headlines for the wrong reasons lately. He was hit with a shoulder charge which jarred head and neck.
He was subsequently taken to hospital and is awaiting a scan after suffering “intense neck pain.”
Canterbury chief Phil Gould gave the following update on him:
“Spoke to Ryan Sutton. He is hospital. About to have scan. Suffered intense neck pain, so it was best to take no chances & get him to hospital. Bulldog staff did great job. Our Welfare manager Luke Goodwin is with him in hospital. More news as it comes to hand.”
Gould has now delivered a more positive update on the prop but revealed he had to have an MRI.
“Spoke to Ryan Sutton this morning. Scans cleared any fractures. Zero concussion. Intense neck pain. MRI tomorrow to clear any nerve damage. Expected to be clear. Neck spasms he experienced on field wouldn’t subside, so our staff had to be cautious. He is home, in good spirits.”
Sutton is now recovered and is now making headlines for very different reasons with the prop linked with a move back to Super League after being told by the Canterbury Bulldogs he can explore his options.
So what options could he have in Super League?
The obvious would be a return to Wigan like Lee Mossop and John Bateman before him among others. Wigan often put in a clause that allows them to have first dibs on players who go to the NRL. The Warriors are looking to revamp their pack in 2024.
The Rhinos were rumoured to be interested in the prop earlier this year. Leeds are set to lose Zane Tetevano and Sam Walters in 2024 but also appear to be using quota spots on spine players. Thus an English middle would be ideal.
Always one for a big signing, Warrington are looking for middles after the departure of Josh McGuire and Thomas Mikaele.