Ryan Danvers transferred to Sydney hospital after injury
TWO big wins to start the season, a place in the Group 2 rep side, and a much-anticipated early season battle against his former club had Coffs Comets lock Ryan Danvers primed for another standout year.
But a sickening tackle about 20 minutes into his team's 48-18 win over Macksville Sea Eagles has left his footballing aspirations on ice for the foreseeablefuture.
The former Grafton Ghost was standing in a tackle when a Macksville defender's shoulder met Danvers' knee, hyperextending the joint.
Danvers was immediately carried from the field and taken to Coffs Hospital, from where he was transferred to Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital yesterday.
"He had an MRI on Tuesday, which they won't get the results for until Monday, but I'd say he's looking at a full reconstruction," Ryan's dad, Steve Danvers, said.
"There's no break - it's all ligament damage. He won't be playing again this year."
By all accounts, Danvers was starring for his side, scoring two tries after Macksville surprised the defending premiers early.
Club chief Steve Gooley expanded on Danvers' input, adding he would be a big loss to both the club and the representative sides.
"Ryan was playing an absolute blinder prior to being injured and was easily leading the tackle and hit-up count at the time," Gooley said. "He's going to be a tremendous loss to the Comets and the Group 2 representative side."