Bulldogs teen sensation Karl Oloapu could return to the field as soon as the middle of next year.
The updated timeline of the playmaker's injury comes after his management met with Associate Professor Mark Winder, arranging a possible third option that could be the solution to his problems.
This comes after Phil Gould had already gathered two medical opinions last week.
Winder, a renowned St Vincent's Hospital spinal surgeon, believes that with the correct surgery, Oloapu could return to the NRL field as soon as the middle of next year.
“We don't want to rush it, we've got time on our side,” Adamson added.
“The kid has endured a fair bit in a young career, he's still only 18. There's no need for stupidity in this, we'll take it a step at a time.
“We'll follow the experts' orders and see where it lands us.”
The publication has revealed in the past that if Oloapu is forced into medical retirement, the Bulldogs will face a $1 million-plus payout from the NRL.
It was revealed earlier last week that he withdrew from Samoa's two Tests in their Pacific Cup tri-series against New Zealand and Australia due to neck pain, and News Corp then reported he may need surgery on his neck.
Also revealed was the fact that Oloapu played through most of the 2023 season in pain. That was evident when he was rested from certain games through the back end of the year as the Bulldogs attempted to manage a player they had long-term plans in place for.
The Bulldogs are understood to be fully behind Oloapu, who is on contract with the club until the end of the 2026 campaign.