Pilot medical update: Shoulder surgery for Williams

Sharks forward Jack Williams will miss the remainder of the 2022 season after undergoing shoulder reconstruction on Thursday.

The operation was successful, but his rehabilitation and recovery will involve a five-month process, with Williams joining the main Sharks NRL squad for the 2023 pre-season.

Williams had played six games for the Sharks this year, his last appearance in Round 10.

A return to the pitch in 2022 was considered a possibility, but further issues with his shoulder meant immediate surgery was needed to repair the damage and make him fully fit to resume his career next season.

Hailing from Cooma, Williams arrived at the Sharks in 2017, following a junior career with the Raiders, before making his NRL debut in 2018. Recently re-signed until the end of the 2024 season, Williams played 75 high-level matches for the Cronulla Club.

In other injury news, aside from the bumps and bruises resulting from a physical encounter with the Melbourne Storm, the Sharks have reported no other injury issues.

Braden Hamlin-Uele, who like Williams recently re-signed to a multi-year contract, came through his comeback game with an impeccable bill of health. Hamlin-Uele had been out since round six with a pectoral injury.

Toby Rudolf and Nicho Hynes, both absent from the Sharks’ win over the Storm due to Covid, are expected to be available to face the Cowboys in Townsville next Friday night.

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