HARRISON Hansen has revealed how helping Wigan avoid relegation back in 2006 has left him facing a lifetime of problems with his wrist.
The second-rower hasn’t figured at all this year and is sidelined for another month following surgery on the joint.
He snapped a screw in his wrist – from an earlier operation – while playing against Salford in a pre-season friendly last January.
Surgeons took a bone graft from his hip and bolted the joint, and he is unlikely to ever regain full movement.
But the 27-year-old yesterday revealed he wasn’t surprised by the setback – having been told to expect recurring problems when he delayed surgery in ’06 to help the Warriors battle against the drop.
Hansen said: “I broke my scaphoid (wrist) during the 2006 season, I could have fixed it then.
“But we were facing relegation at the time, and because I would have missed the rest of the year, they gave me the option to sort it out at the end of the season instead.
“They told me the bone would be dead and I’d need it screwing, and they did say that it would likely cause me problems if I didn’t get it fixed straight away.
“But I had a talk with Nobby (then-coach Brian Noble) and I wanted to play on.
“It was one of those tough decisions. I’ll be paying for it in later life – but everyone gets their injuries and this is mine.”
Hansen – who has since played a key role in turning Wigan from relegation-battlers into trophy contenders – says his left wrist will “never be right”, with limited movement and soreness after matches.
But there is no self-pity, his over-riding emotion being one of frustration at missing the opening seven matches of the season.
He will have the joint scanned in three weeks, when he hopes to get the green-light to play again.
He said: “It’s still sore in parts of my wrist, it’s always going to be like that, but it’s coming along good. I had a bone graft from my hip, which was quite painful, and they put a screw in – but it was big, more of a bolt than a screw!”
Hansen’s best-case scenario would be a return against Bradford on April 14 – though the Challenge Cup match the following week may be a more realistic goal.
Prop Gil Dudson will see a specialist today and is likely to discover whether he needs surgery on his broken hand.
NRL outfit Gold Coast Titans will launch a cheeky bid for Sam Tomkins, according to reports.
Leading Australian magazine Rugby League Week claimed last night the No.1 is on their radar for 2014. Tomkins has repeatedly insisted he is not angling for a move away but admits a future move to the NRL or union may appeal.
Tomkins’ former team-mate Mark Riddell Tweeted: “Sam’s skin couldn’t handle the Gold Coast sun!”