OLLY BUTTERWORTH has been ruled out for the rest of the 2022 season after a reoccurance of a shoulder dislocation injury.

Butterworth picked up the initial shoulder issue in York City Knights' final pre-season friendly against Castleford Tigers and has not since played for the Knights.

The winger, who joined from Sheffield Eagles during the off-season, again injured shoulder in training and looks set to a near-year-long wait for a competitive York debut.

"We think that is probably Olly's season," revealed head coach James Ford. "We took the medical advice and tried to manage the injury, without an operation.

"We went down that path which was the best path to go down apparently, but unfortunately there's been a reoccurance.

"He has been tackled and fallen on it in training and he's re-dislocated his shoulder.

"He now definitely needs an operation so now he's in the hands of the medical team to sort that.

"It's a blow because Olly is a world-class athlete. We brought him knowing that he was raw but that he had a great attitude and a desire to learn the game.

"We still do believe that there's a real player there. But it's a shame that we've lost a body for the season."

The Knights are still well-stocked on the wings with youngster Brad Ward joining fellow ex-Heworth junior AJ Towse and first-choice pair Will Oakes and Joe Brown in the position in January.

Ford added: "I think we're seeing the emergence of Brad Ward. Brad had a cracking game at home for us against Newcastle.

"He's gone up to Whitehaven, in one of the more challenging places to go play, certainly for an 18-year-old, and he's done okay again.

"He will certainly be in contention for another game this weekend against Widnes."

Elsewhere, Ford hoped that Ronan Michael's ankle injury would not require surgery and that he would miss just a month of action while Joe Porter is "touch-and-go" for Sunday with an elbow issue.