Smith pledges Owen support

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats coach Brian Smith says the club will do everything it can to support Richie Owen following his double leg fracture on Saturday.

The former Castleford winger sustained in the injury in the 51st minute of the Wildcats’ 48-18 win over Bradford Bulls in the Qualifiers.

It is the second time Owen has suffered a double leg break – although this is the opposite leg to his first injury.

Having spent time away from the game to voluntarily enter the Sporting Chance clinic earlier this year, Smith bemoaned Owen’s luck but pledged to support the player in coming weeks and months.

“I’m a bit sombre about it all today because of that,” Smith said after the game.

“If there are footy Gods, they lack compassion – he’s had a lot to handle, that lad.

Brian Smith
Brian Smith is disappointed for his winger

“Our chairman (Michael Carter) has just been with Richie and made sure he knows that he personally will be looking after him, as well as everyone in this place.

“He’s quite an infectious personalty and a fun guy to be around.

“He’s had some battles and there’ll be a heap of people that want to help him with this battle. He’ll get back.”