Danny Wicks during the Grafton Ghosts inter-club match at Frank McGuren Oval on Saturday.
Danny Wicks during the Grafton Ghosts inter-club match at Frank McGuren Oval on Saturday.

Rugby star to face drug charges

WITH only five rounds remaining, injury dilemmas are wreaking havoc with three big name players – but some have bigger problems than others.

Grafton Ghosts Danny Wicks, Aaron Hartmann and Rhinos captain Xavier Sullivan are all carrying potential season-ending injuries.

Former NRL and Knights forward Danny Wicks hasn’t played for the Ghosts since Round 6 and according to first grade coach Col Speed is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

“Danny injured his knee against Mullumbimby about six weeks ago and he won’t be back,” Speed said.

“He’s been struggling with the injury which is a cruciate ligament.”

Wicks only played a handful of games for the competition favourites but his impact on the field was enormous.

Lurking out wide in attack, Wicks’s powerful running and blistering turn of speed caused headaches for opposition sides this season.

However, Wicks has more important things on his mind as he fronts Newcastle Local Court on July 27 to answer allegations of drug supply and possession charges.

Hartmann’s chances of making a return to the field before the semi-finals look brighter, with the star centre expected back in three weeks.

“Hopefully I’ll be back for the game against the Magpies in three weeks,” Hartmann said.

“I hope to start running next week and if everything goes okay, full training the week later.

“I need to get some match fitness before the semi-finals but I’ll only take the field if I’m a 100 percent

“I’m going to talk to Col and see if he will play me closer to the action to help with my fitness.”

Sullivan injured his ankle against Kyogle in Round 10 and is desperate to make it back for the Rhinos clash with Lower Clarence in four weeks.

“I hope to be back in time for the game against Lower or the following home game against the Ghosts,” Sullivan said.

“I actually tore two of the three ligaments in my ankle and I’m getting physio most days.”

The Ghosts are certainties for a semi-final berth and are odds-on to take out the minor premiership.

While across river, the Rhinos need to keep winning to stay in touch with the top-five.



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