One of Super League’s longest serving players has been hit by a season-ending injury after Warrington Wolves’ Kevin Brown was ruled out following an achilles injury sustained in training.
The 34-year-old ruptured an achilles while preparing for the upcoming Betfred Super League season, one where Warrington were expected to mount a serious challenge for silverware after near misses in both of the showpiece finals in 2018. Now, though, the veteran of hundreds of top-flight appearances will miss the entire campaign – and with it possibly his last Warrington match given that England international Gareth Widdop is set to join the club for 2020.
It hasn’t yet been confirmed but there may be the possibility for the Wolves to claim the same salary cap dispensation as Castleford with Luke Gale after their influential talisman was also ruled out for the whole campaign. Another option for Warrington is to pair Dec Patton with new arrival Blake Austin in the halves for 2019, giving the youngster the regular game-time he has been seeking.