Warrington confirm Harrison set for lengthy lay-off

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith has confirmed that key forward Ben Harrison has undergone a major operation which will rule him out of a fair chunk of the 2016 campaign.

The 27-year-old has had surgery on his wrist, his knee and his ankle, which Smith revealed could rule him out for as long as eight months.

The Wolves boss admitted the operations were required, but says it’s a blow for the forward and for the club.

“He’s had a significant operation and it’s going to take him out of all the pre-season and the early part of next year,” Smith told the Warrington Guardian.

“He needed it, as I think we all saw he was struggling through and hampering the quality of work he was able to put out.

“It’s important for us but for him too. He wants to get back to being able to produce his best footy week in, week out – he’s had to make the hard decision to have that big operation.

“It’s a six, seven, eight-month recovery but that’s what you need to do sometimes, rather than try to struggle through when it affects every other part of your game as well.

“It’s a bit of a blow for us and Ben, but we decided it had to be done. It’s the sensible thing to get him right for the back end of next year and the following year.”