Watson confirms Vidot lay-off

Salford Red Devils coach Ian Watson has confirmed that Daniel Vidot is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after needing surgery.

Speaking exclusively to TotalRL.com, Watson revealed that the NRL star will go in for surgery today (Thursday) – and the club expect to know more about the timeframe of his spell on the sidelines after that operation has been completed.

“He’s going in for surgery today, so we’ll know more after that,” Watson said.

“It gives someone else an opportunity; it’s terrible luck for him because we expected him to come across and make a big impression in the team straight away.

“Things haven’t worked out like that but he’ll come back and play at some point, so that’s a positive.

Watson also says the injury opens the door for someone else to step in and make an impact in the early months of the season.

“Greg Johnson is a great player and was one of our best wingers last year, but he might have played anyway.

“We’d been eyeing up Daniel playing in the centres; he’s played there in the NRL and he’s played in a few different positions – but it’s a chance for someone else to impress us now when the season gets underway.”

There is much more from Watson on the season ahead, his plans for pre-season and what happens next for Vidot in the forthcoming Monday’s League Express.