Viking Finnigan out for season
Widnes Vikings' hopes of lifting themselves off the foot of the table have been hit by news of a long-term injury to Simon Finnigan.
Widnes have struggled to compete in their first season back in the Super League, winning just two of their first 13 matches, and their difficulties off the field have increased in recent weeks too.
Last month it was announced that Scott Moore had left the club due to a breach of the club's code of conduct and last week young forward Anthony Mullally turned down the club's offer of a new contract.
More bad news followed on Monday when Anthony Watts asked to return to Australia for personal reasons, less than a week after signing a new contract with the Vikings, meaning that today's news surrounding Finnigan will be a particularly bitter pill to swallow for the Widnes staff and their supporters.
"I realised at the time that it was a bad injury but there's always that faint chance that things may not be as bad as first feared. Unfortunately, it's turned out to be the worst case scenario and I'm absolutely gutted," said Finnigan, who is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured fibula and ruptured medial ankle ligaments in Monday's defeat to Castleford.