HALIFAX centre signing Mick Nanyn has said he is “devastated” after almost certainly being ruled out for the entire 2012 season with a knee injury.
The 29 year old goal-kicking threequarter underwent a scan last Friday and was told yesterday he will be sidelined for at least six months and needs two operations to repair the damage caused by a collision on the training field.
Nanyn, who sits seventh in the game’s all-time points scoring charts after smashing records with Swinton, Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes and Leigh, was one of new coach Karl Harrison’s major close-season recruits.
“I’m pretty devastated,” said Nanyn, who has made just one appearance for his new club, in the Boxing Day win over Keighley.
“I’ve got some cartilage and meniscus damage, but the main problem is my ACL, which is almost completely torn.
“The specialist thinks there are probably one or two fibres still attached, but that’s it.
“I’m looking at a complete knee recon and six to nine months out.
“It’s obviously a massive disappointment, but it’s the first major injury I’ve had over the last 12 or 13 years.
“I’ve broken my thumb a couple of times and had the usual bumps here and there, but nothing like this.
“I’ve not done too badly, so I’ll take this one on the chin and get on with it.”
Nanyn’s injury was initially thought to be relatively minor, so much so that the player, a member of the Leigh side that beat Fax in last year’s Northern Rail Cup final, admitted he would have been prepared to play in Sunday’s NRC opener at Dewsbury if he had not known the results of his scan.
“It actually feels okay; I can jog on it, I’ve not got any pain and it settled down really quickly,” said Nanyn.
“There’s just something that doesn’t feel quite right and now we know why.
“If it had been a league game this weekend and I didn’t know what I know now, I’d have put my hand up to play.”
In theory, Nanyn could return before the end of the Co-operative Championship season, although he admits that is already a long shot.
“You’d never say never, but realistically I’m going to be aiming for pre-season training in November,” he said.
“Lee Paterson’s come back from something similar in six months, but I don’t think that was such a complicated operation.
“I just want to get the first surgery out of the way and get on with it, for my own sanity if nothing else.
“The idea of not playing for a full season is already driving me mad.”