Murrell waiting on second opinion

Wayne Reittie
Wayne Reittie

Stand off Scott Murrell must await the verdict of a second medical opinion before learning the extent of the hand injury sustained against Whitehaven last Sunday.

Murrell suffered the freak injury during the first half of Fax’s 50-18 success.

Having taken possession of the ball he was then tackled and immediately knew there was a problem.

Murrell was replaced and was later seen on the sidelines with the hand heavily strapped.

He later went to hospital where it was confirmed that he had sustained a fracture.

“It is still very sore,” said Fax coach Karl Harrison.

“It is broken but he’s not sure if it needs an operation or not so it is a matter of waiting for a second opinion.

“I would think he will be out for some time which naturally is a massive blow for us.”

Harrison added that he would probably bring Craig Ashall in to replace Murrell for tonight’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with Featherstone Rovers at the Shay while keeping faith with the rest of the squad.

Games against Featherstone are always tough encounters and Harrison knows what to expect.

“Featherstone have been a stand out team in this league for a few seasons now,” he said.

“There is some rivalry between the two teams and that always makes for a really intense game.

“We were a bit scratchy at times on Sunday but we got there in the end by being patient.”

Winger Wayne Reittie has put pen to paper on a new deal with Fax with the option of a second year.

The former York player has drawn praise from coach Karl Harrison by the way he fought back after suffering facial injuries in an assault in Leeds city centre at the end of last year.

“Wayne deserves his contract because he really had to battle to get back into the team after the incident in Leeds,” said Harrison.

“Not only has he done that but he has stayed there which is testament to his determination.

“He is a modern day rugby league winger and the complete opposite to Rob Worrincy.

“Rob is the classic winger in that he can score you tries by running with the ball. Wayne gets the team going forward by his impressive and strong carrying.

“He also works extremely hard and is a great character to have around both on and off the pitch.”