Gold Coast Titans forward Ryan James will play no further part in their 2014 campaign after partially rupturing his shoulder on the weekend while playing for the Tweed Heads Seagulls in the Intrust Super Cup.
James had been viewed as a possible NSW Blues bolter after a strong finish to the 2013 season, but a shoulder injury in a pre season trial match put those plans on hold and he has been restricted to just 135 minutes of game time with the Seagulls. Coincidentally, it was a tackle by former team-mate Dominique Peyroux that resulted in the initial injury and ensured a delayed start to the year.
A regulation hit-up during the Titans’ trial match against the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland on February 9 ended horribly when he was rattled by Peyroux, and he has since suffered a further three shoulder injuries. The club has opted for surgery on July 7 and James faces a three-month recovery period.
James revealed the latest injury occurred when he tried to put some pressure on the kicker last weekend and the shoulder was reefed back and he lost feeling in his arm.
The injury is a blow for the 12th-placed Titans who are already missing the likes of Albert Kelly, Aidan Sezer and Ashley Harrison through injury and face an uphill battle to play finals football in 2014.