Raiders suffer early disappointment as Osaikhwuwuomwan departs on medical grounds

It is with deep disappointment that Plymouth Raiders have had to release Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan due to medical grounds.

After arriving in Plymouth on September 6th, he was put through some very light activity in way of a medical assessment, and after 20 minutes, an issue in his knee became apparent that prevented him from continuing further.

Craig has been assessed by the excellent Physio staff at Plymouth Marjon University but as the medium term prognosis was not optimistic, the club has had to make the agonising decision to allow Craig to head home to start his rehabilitation.

Plymouth Raiders 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 added: “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.”

He continued: “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.

Everyone at the club wishes Craig all the very best, and we hope he’ll recover and be back playing in the not too distant future. The club will continue to track Craig’s progress and career with great interest, and the door will always be open for a potential return in the future,” concluded Mackenzie.