Jillaroos playmaker Caitlin Moran will miss the inaugural NRL women's premiership after rupturing her ACL.
Moran is a member of the women's elite top 40 squad and was expected to sign with the Brisbane Broncos after relocating from Newcastle for a chance to work with the club through an education traineeship.
Moran, who had been due to play for NSW Country, was sidestepping in a match for Souths Logan last weekend when the injury happened and will face extended time on the bench to recover from surgery.
The Sydney Roosters were also believed to be interested in signing the 21-year-old halfback.
"It is shattering for her as a young girl who is probably at the peak of her powers as far as playing goes, to think she is going to miss the season," Broncos game development manager Paul Dyer told NRL.com.
Moran joins Tahlulah Tillet and Jasmin Allende, who were also part of the elite 40 players after they also underwent knee reconstructions.