Plymouth Raiders announced the release of Dutch forward centre Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan due to medical grounds.
During a medical assessment, an issue in his knee became apparent. Assessed by physio staff at Plymouth Marjon University, the prognosis was not optimistic. Plymouth Raiders made the difficult decision to allow Craig to head home to start his rehabilitation.
Head Coach, Gavin Love said: “For something like this is happen on day one is not only a massive disappointment for the club, but also for Craig too. I know he was extremely excited about taking this challenge and starting a new adventure here in Plymouth, but it was obviously not meant to be.”
Plymouth Raiders Director, Ross Mackenzie said: “We’re all devastated for Craig, and over the past few weeks we’ve been talking daily about him coming to Plymouth and his hopes for the season. We were certain he’d have become a big fan favourite so to have something like this happen at such an early stage in our new club rebuild is hard to digest for us all. Our thoughts are with Craig, who has been the ultimate professional in dealing with this disappointment.”
“Despite this setback, we have to keep our focus on our upcoming pre-season games where we need everyone to be fit and ready to go. Coach Love has a shorter period than we would’ve liked due to this summer’s management changes, but we’re working hard to give the fans a team they can be proud of.”