Bulldogs recruit Connor Tracey suffered a leg injury in his final training session with the Sharks and will be unable to train with his new teammates for six weeks.

Canterbury GM of football Phil Gould revealed on social media that Tracey would not start running until mid-January after suffering the injury before his switch of clubs was finalised.

Young gun Karl Oloapu is yet to decide whether to undergo surgery for a neck injury that has placed his immediate playing future in doubt. Oloapu made his NRL debut for Canterbury last season but there is uncertainty about when the 18-year-old will play his next game after being told he requires surgery for a bulging disc.

Dragons fullback Tyrell Sloan is sidelined from pre-season training by a broken thumb as well as an ankle injury.

Sloan suffered a syndesmosis injury playing in the Koori Knockout in October and later broke his thumb, ruling out of training until after the Christmas break.

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Eels forward Ryan Matterson will resume full training in the new year after suffering a quad strain in pre-season training.

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