Barrow Raiders have announced forward Carl Forster has undergone shoulder surgery which will rule him out for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Forster, 30, first suffered the injury back in February during the club’s Challenge Cup fourth round victory over Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena. He has gone on to make 21 appearances for the Raiders in all competitions this season.
However, the decision was made for Forster to undergo the operation earlier this week, meaning he will now miss the remainder of the campaign as his recovery begins.
The St Helens-born prop recently signed a new two-year deal with the club, running until the end of the 2024 season.
Reacting to the news, Forster said: “I really appreciate all the kind messages I’ve received in the last 24 hours.
“I’m really gutted to be missing out on the rest of the season, and what looks like could be the play-offs. But I’ll hopefully still be playing my part in the team, off the field, over the coming months.”
Barrow hooker urges RFL to listen over next Summer Bash venue
Barrow Raiders hooker Nathan Mossop believes the Rugby Football League must listen to fans over the next Summer Bash location.
The 34-year-old featured from the bench in their 36-24 victory over Widnes at this year’s Championship event at Headingley Stadium.
It was the first time the Summer Bash had been moved from Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
However, the move came with a new low – an attendance of 10,763. It’s the lowest recorded attendance for the event.
Saturday saw a crowd of 6,752, which included Leigh’s clash with Featherstone. Sunday registered an official crowd of 4,011 – which is the second lowest day in any year of the event.
He said: “It’s a good day at the Summer Bash, it always is. I know there’s a lot of people in rugby league crying out for it to go back to Blackpool. But for us players, it’s a special day.
“Speaking for myself, I think that for a player, it doesn’t have too much of an impact on us because playing at both Bloomfield Road and Headingley, they’re great stadiums. It almost feels like a cup final experience when you play there.”