QUEANBEYAN Kangaroos forward Adam Pearce says he his “devastated” after being ruled out of the remainder of this year’s Canberra Raiders Cup finals series with a broken arm.
Pearce suffered the injury in the Kangaroos’ 30-12 major semi-final loss to the Queanbeyan Blues at Seiffert Oval.
The 25-year-old was taken directly to hospital midway through the second half of last Sunday’s local derby with scans later confirming the worst.
Pearce has been one of the Kangaroos best this season and has not missed a game in the Kangaroos’ quest for a fourth-straight grand final appearance.
“To go through the whole year without any issues and then for this to happen, I’m pretty devastated to be honest,” Pearce said.
“The arm was actually starting to feel alright by the time I got to hospital so I was hoping it might just have been a bad cork but the x-rays confirmed the break.
“I don’t even really know how it happened. Just in the tackle I either the other bloke’s elbow or another player’s come in at hit it the wrong way, I’m not sure.”
Whether or not Pearce requires surgery has yet to be confirmed but the back-rower is no chance of playing a part in the remainder of Kangaroos’ campaign.
The Kangaroos face a must-win preliminary final against the Tuggeranong Bushrangers this Saturday for the chance to meet the Blues in the decider.
Kangaroos coach Aaron Gorrell is most likely to call on either Canberra Raiders under-20s players Josh Baker or Jared McIlwrick to fill Pearce’s back-row spot.
Pearce, meanwhile, said he was dreading the prospect of being forced to watch on while his teammates push towards a grand final berth.
“I haven’t had too many bad injuries before so I haven’t had to spend too much time on the sidelines but I’m not looking forward to it,” he said.
“I think [Gorrell] still wants me around to run water and things like that but it’s going to be pretty hard watching the boys, especially if we do make the grand final.”