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NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE: INJURED CHRIS ADAMS EYES RETURN

Chris Adam, Lakes skipper will on Thursday, undergo a fitness test to determine if he would be fit to line up for the Seagulls at the Peacock Field this weekend against Macquarie.


The player who has been named NSW Country player of the year in two times was called up in 2016 by the Newcastle Knights.

This season however has seen him sidelined for the most of it due to a fractured wrist he suffered from.

Dean Noonan, Lakes coach who broke the news noted that the player could be cleared to play but he would remain on the side of caution.

“Chris is going to see [sports doctor] Neil Halpin tomorrow so we’ll find out after that,” Noonan said.

“He could be cleared, but I’ll be erring on the side of caution.”

The injury besieged the 30 year old hooker in round one, causing him to miss the next week, before failing to finish their third encounter on May 7.

The coach noted that where Adams is fit to return, it would be the perfect timing especially as Luke Huth who debuted last weekend at dummy-half, asked to play Knights’ under 20s on Sunday.

“He [Adams] would be very handy as Macquarie will be a big test for us.” Noonan said.

According to Noonan, Casey Burgess would most likely be the replacement No. 9.

Adams was diagnosed with the fractured wrist injury back in May and Noona said he expects that the 30 year old would stay out on the sidelines for six weeks.

This would be the second time for the second successive season the Lakes would be without the skipper for an extended period.

In mid-season last year, Adam was called up to the Knights to play five matches which thus saw him miss half of Lake’s campaign.

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