Caton-Brown Sidelined With Serious Leg Injury after Cannonball-type Tackle

The Red Devils would like to confirm that following scans over the weekend Captain Tommy Lee will be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

Winger Greg Johnson is also side-lined for the same time period after picking up an injury in our Good Friday game vs Catalans Dragons.

Unfortunately, Mason Caton-Brown, who returned to the squad to replace Greg at Huddersfield Giants on Easter Monday has sustained a severe lower leg injury and will need surgery that will see him out for 8-12 weeks.

Mason sustained the injury from a forceful cannonball type tackle in the 52nd minute of the game on Monday, which has halted his return to first team games.

Head Coach Ian Watson said, ‘We’re disappointed that the tackle on Mason has been cited by the disciplinary but no further action has been taken. We have asked the RFL to look over the incident again and have been told there’s no case to answer.

‘Lots of coaches have raised the issue of cannonball type tackles and that they should be outlawed as they’re extremely dangerous and this is what’s happened here.

‘We’re not happy about it but we’ve got our hands completely tied and nothing more can be done. It’s disappointing as a young lad is now facing a long period on the sidelines at a time when he had a great opportunity to play first team games.’

On the incident, Director of Rugby Tim Sheens added, ‘While already being held by two other opposition players Mason is hit with a forceful cannonball style tackle to his lower legs.

‘Our priority is to look after the welfare of our players and these type of reckless and careless tackles should carry serious consequences.’