THE Warriors have confirmed the news that hulking prop Ben Matulino will miss the start of the 2017 season as a result of surgery.
The 28-year-old is set to go under the knife in order to alleviate discomfort in his left knee.
Matulino was ruled out of the Kiwi’s Four Nations side after undergoing an operation on his right knee is September.
Coach Stephen Kearney said that while the news comes as a disappointment the priority certainly lay with having him back to full fitness.
“It’s disappointing but we are taking a long-term view here,” he said.
“It makes sense to get the knee sorted now. Naturally, Ben’s disappointed but he’ll work hard on his rehab and will undoubtedly be a wonderful addition to the team once he’s recovered.”
Warriors head of athletic performance Balin Cupples said that while there is no return date as yet he will feature this season.
“Unfortunately, Ben injured his left knee at training and it was determined that surgical management would provide the best outcome for him at this stage of the season,” he said.
“It is expected he will return to play early in the 2017 season.”