MANLY’s hamstring curse has struck for the second time this week, with talented utility Lachlan Croker breaking down at training.
The injury comes as a major blow for the Sea Eagles, with Des Hasler planning to start the new season with Croker at hooker, with Manase Fainu still unavaialable due to a long-running court case.
Croker, who didn’t miss a game last season, is expected to be out for at least the opening two to three rounds of the premiership.
His injury comes just days after the game’s most famous hamstring, that of star fullback Tom Trbojevic, broke down ‘in the shower’.
Hasler is now likely to start the season with Cade Cust, who like Croker is a natural halfback, in the hooking role.
Cust has been named in the number nine jumper for this weekend’s trial against the Wests Tigers.
If he plays well in the role, he will begin the season in the key hooking spot.