ALBURY Thunder halfback Josh Murray has been ruled out for the rest of the Group 9 rugby league season.
Murray, who hasn’t played since injuring himself against Southcity on June 2, will undergo hernia and groin operations in a bid to be fit for the start of next year.
Murray impressed Thunder officials in the early rounds of the season with Mitch McLeod being promoted from reserve grade in his absence.
“Josh was really good for us before being injured and hopefully he can get things sorted out,” Cale said yesterday.
“He’s a good kid and just needs a bit of luck.
“He works hard and I’m sure he will fight his way back from the injuries he’s had.”
Murray has been struck down by groin operations for the past two seasons after promising plenty as a youngster coming through the junior ranks in Wagga.
Meanwhile, Cale believes Albury can’t afford a repeat of Sunday’s second half against Tumut at Twickenham on Sunday.
The home team was plagued by handling errors in the final 30 minutes with Cale saying the lapses would be addressed at training this week.
“It wasn’t a great way to finish the game,” he said.
“Cootamundra is a very good side who keep coming at you and we’ll have a talk about that at training.
“The hit-out will be good for us though and should stand us in good stead for the next couple of weeks.”