A SEASON ending anterior cruciate ligament injury to Canberra Raiders five-eighth Terry Campese has opened the door for boom Orange junior Jack Wighton to make a move closer to the action.
Campese injured his knee in the Raiders 30-6 loss to the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium last Friday night.
Initially thought to be only a medial ligament strain, further scans revealed a torn ACL in Campese’s left knee which will see the 27-year-old undergo his second knee reconstruction in as many years.
However, Campese’s loss is Wighton’s gain.
Already impressing on the left wing for the Raiders since debuting in round two, Wighton has previously starred in the No.6 for the Green Machine’s Toyota Cup outfit over the last three seasons.
The 19-year-old CYMS and Bloomfield Tigers junior looks set to battle Sam Williams, who has started the season with NSW Cup side Mount Pritchard, for the second pivot position along side Country representative Josh McCrone.
Wighton missed out on making the NSW under 20s side thanks to a shoulder injury, however, he is expected to be fit for the Raiders’ next match against an in-form Cronulla.
Where he lines up, though, coach David Furner will make public closer to kick off next week.