South Sydney has suffered an enormous blow on the eve of its preliminary closing towards Penrith, with star winger Alex Johnston dominated out with harm.
Johnston, the main try-scorer within the competitors this 12 months, hasn’t recovered from a hip flexor harm suffered within the semi closing win over Cronulla.
His place might be taken by Richie Kennar, who’s performed only one match this season.
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“[Johnston] was by no means actually going to be an opportunity to play however we gave him each alternative. If we get the job finished, he’ll be again subsequent week,” coach Jason Demetriou mentioned.
“We will not afford a winger coming off the sector. We made the best determination. I am certain he is gutted, however he’s placing the group first and we transfer on.”
Kennar’s solely match of 2022 got here again in July, when he scored a hat-trick towards Newcastle in spherical 17.
The 27-year-old has performed 32 matches with three golf equipment since debuting in 2015, having additionally performed for Melbourne and Brisbane.
“I am actually completely happy for Richie to get a chance. I feel the sport fits him, it may be bodily, and physicality will not be AJ’s energy. There is a little bit of a win there,” Demetriou mentioned.
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“He is been across the traps so he is not going to be overawed by the event. He is actually good within the air which is de facto essential, coping with Nathan [Cleary’s] kicking sport, in order that’s a plus for us. Popping out of the again of the sector, he is as robust in yardage carries as anybody.”
Demetriou confirmed Jai Arrow, who had been doubtful with a hip harm, will play.
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