Arm puts Burns out for rest of English super season
AFTER an outstanding first season with Hull Kingston Rovers in English Super League, former Wattles half Travis Burns has suffered a season-ending injury.
The five-eighth who played his first footy at Texas has won player of the match awards for HKR this season.
He suffered a broken arm in a 36-22 loss to Widnes Vikings and will miss the finals series.
His mother, Mandy Burns, said he had really enjoyed his football at HKR and was signed up for three seasons.
"He is really disappointed he can't finish the season," she said.
"Travis loves it in England and has played in a win over the top team.
"He will be home for an annual fishing trip."
Burns, who scored 23 tries and kicked 42 goals in 127 NRL games, was helped from the field in the second half of the HKR game at the Select Security Stadium and coach Craig Sandercock confirmed everybody's worst fears in the post-match press conference.
"He (Travis) has broken his arm so that's him for the season," Sandercock said.
"It's a tragedy as he's one of our best players and it's going to be really tough without him."
It looks likely that the red and whites will finish eighth in the league table irrespective of this coming weekend's result against London Broncos and Sandercock says his players won't be fazed by having to do it tough on the road in the play-offs.
"We are relieved to be in the play-offs, but it would have been nice to have got a home game," he added.
"It looks like we'll finish eighth now and we are going to have to do our best. We've done well against a few teams away from home this season who are above us on the ladder. You never know what can happen."
Next season, the team will be boosted by some more recruits from the NRL in Australia.