Matty Ryan is set for shoulder surgery which will end his season with the Wakefield Wildcats.
An ever-present for Trinity this season, the backrower has been playing through the pain barrier while Wakefield have battled against relegation.
Now that they are safe, Wildcats coach James Webster is pulling the player out of the front line, so that he can get his niggling injury sorted in time for next year.
“He’ll go in for an operation next Wednesday so that will be him for the season,” said the coach.
“He’s done a good job for us but it probably typifies our season in that we’ve had to patch people up for a long period of time but we don’t have to do that anymore.
“We’re looking at pre-season next year for Matty and we want him back for the first day of pre-season. We probably see that as more important than what the rest of the year holds.
“He’s had it for a while and didn’t want to know the full extent until I made him go and get a scan – he wanted to carry on playing. But he can’t hold onto the ball, you saw that when he dropped the ball in the act of scoring [against Catalan Dragons].
“I thought it was cruel watching him play in that while his effort and commitment to the team was outstanding, it’s just not fair on him anymore.”