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Hill could be out for season

By Brent Read 27/04/2003 06:34:56 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne lock Scott Hill may have played his last game for the Storm, with the Test forward to have an arthroscopy this week to determine whether he will play again this season.

Hill, who has played only three National Rugby League games this season, went off in the first half of last night's game against North Queensland in Townsville after aggravating his troublesome shoulder during the 32-12 loss.

The 25-year-old will have exploratory surgery within days to determine the extent of damage to the shoulder, but the early signs aren't good.

A worst case scenario would leave Hill facing a shoulder reconstruction and an end to his season, which is shaping as his last for the Storm.

Hill, off contract at the end of the year, is expected to attract a lucrative offer from cashed-up Cronulla, with Sharks coach Chris Anderson a massive fan of the NSW and Australian player.

"He'll be out for at least a month, more likely he'll be out for the season," Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said today.

"That's what the doctor seems to think."

The Storm will continue talks with Hill this month, but their star player has said he plans on testing his value on the open market after June 30.

And the Sharks are circling, with Nick Graham's exit this weekend opening a spot at the back of the scrum.

Hill is the biggest name on a growing injury list for the Storm, with halfback Andrew McFadden joining him on the sidelines last night after aggravating a groin injury.

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