Australian Rob James, who shone for Scarborough RUFC last season, won’t be returning for his scheduled second season at the club after an injury playing back Down Under.
James was a key part of the Silver Royd side last campaign, and was expected back for another term at the club.
But a club source has confirmed to The Scarborough News that James won’t be flying back to play during the 2012/13 campaign.
James has snapped the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee and will be sidelined for up to eight months, meaning he won’t be able to report for pre-season in a few weeks time.
Scarborough centre Craig Farrell admits losing James will be a big blow as they look to sniff out promotion from Yorkshire One under new coach Jason Lowde.
Farrell said: “Losing Rob is a big blow, he played really well for us last season and managed to get us tries out of nothing on a number of occasions.
“He had a nose for a try and knew how to sniff out an opportunity to go for the line, and he’ll be a big miss.
“It’s always a gamble bringing players over from overseas as you don’t know how they’re going to fit in, but Rob slotted in nicely and was a good lad to have in the dressing room.
“I snapped my ACL and it is a tough rehabilitation process to go through, so I wish him all the best and hopefully he’ll return to the club at some point in the future.”