Ipswich Jets CEO Richard Hughes has today launched a GoFundMe page for Rogan 'Guns' Dean, who was involved in an accident last month.
"Described by many at the club at one of the most genuine people you’ll ever meet, this GoFundMe page has been set up to support him on the long road ahead to recovery, and a life away from the sport he has given everything to," Hughes said.
Hughes said Dean was "one of the nicest, most talented, most athletic, fastest, powerful wingers to ever wear the green and white" and the Jets community was determined to help him in any way they could.
"Right now Rogan Dean needs the support of his Ipswich Jets family more than ever," Hughes said.
"On Sunday 16 August, in what can be best described as simply wrong time, wrong place, Rogan was involved in a motorbike accident with a car, just two minutes from home.
"The impact of the crash has led to Rogan having his left foot amputated, just below his ankle... other than abrasions to his left arm, no other injuries were sustained.
"He has since had more of his leg amputated to allow him to access a wider range of prosthetics, so that he can be more mobile into the future."
Hughes said the fundraiser allowed "everyone to give something back to a bloke that deserves the best".
“We would love to see ‘Guns’ get the freedom to pursue whatever he desires after footy, to allow him to move forward and like he did on the field, hold nothing back," Hughes said.
"This is of course a very challenging time for Rogan and his family whilst he starts his recovery in hospital, but with the support of his extended Jets family, a close- knit playing group and every fan of the game that watched Rogan thunder down the wing, we will be there for him, every step of the way.
"One thing is for sure, he is as strong in character as he is in his body and he is already looking at how he can be involved with the Jets in the months to come.
"What we can say for sure, is that he will always have a place, because every club needs a 'Guns' and we are the lucky club that have him. He isn’t going anywhere."
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