Narellan Jets hold auction to rally behind injured player

Bryce Crane. Pictures: Supplied

Bryce Crane. Pictures: Supplied

Bryce Crane ran out onto the footy field in August last year thinking it would be like any other game.

He never could have guessed it would be his last.

The 18-year-old Narellan Jets player was injured while making a tackle, leaving his right arm paralysed.

Narellan Jets treasurer Janette Coleman said the club wanted to support Mr Crane's ongoing recovery.

"Life has changed so much for Bryce," she said.

"The biggest change is that he can no longer play rugby league, the game he loves, and he has also lost his independence because he can't drive until his car is modified.

"He has to depend on family and friends to drive him everywhere, as well as to his numerous specialists and rehab appointments.

"He has to learn to use his left hand for everything as he was right-handed.

"Bryce wanted to be an electrician but obviously can't now - he is now working as a teacher aide."

Narellan Jets have started a fundraising auction via BidsOnline to support Mr Crane.

The prizes include four field corporate tickets at ANZ Stadium for the Easter Monday clash between the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels with food and drinks included, a a 2021 Wests Tigers jersey signed by the team and Vincel sleek wine fridge.

One lucky bidder could also take home a Canterbury Bulldogs 2021 signed jersey plus two tickets to the Bulldogs versus South Sydney Rabbitohs Good Friday game in the Legends Corporate Club.

Ms Coleman said encouraged locals to support one of their own.

"Bryce started playing rugby league when he was four-and-a-half and has played for the Narellan Jets for 13 years," she said.

"He has also played rep footy for Group 6, Western Suburbs Magpies, Harold Matt's, SG Ball - Bryce is a very talented athlete.

"I believe the community around us have empathy for what Bryce and his family are facing.

"Every donation counts to help Bryce adjust his lifestyle and challenges he faces."

Ms Coleman thanked the locals who had already supported the fundraiser.

"Every bid or donation is greatly appreciated. Special thanks to those who donated the auction items," she said.

"And Bryce, you are a wonderful young man, who is loved by many.

"You have been great to watch grow over the last 13 years at the Jets - support is always there for you, just reach out and ask."

The auction will close on Monday, March 29 at 7pm.

To make a bid, visit: https://fundraising.bidsonline.com.au/ or to donate directly, transfer funds to: NJRLFC, BSB: 112879, Account Number: 421771954.