Brettell’s thank you to football family after serious injury

PUBLISHED: 08:34 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:41 06 August 2015

Sean Brettell (in orange) playing for WGC last season

Sean Brettell (in orange) playing for WGC last season

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Sean Brettell has thanked all those who have fundraised for him following his leg break last month.

Having left Welwyn Garden City FC over the summer to test himself at a higher level with Southern League Bedford Town, the self-employed sports coach’s left leg was broken in four places during a friendly between his new side and the Citizens last month.

The 24-year old from WGC cannot believe the backing he has had since news of his injury spread. He said: “It’s totally overwhelming that little old me who just plays football has had so much support both mentally and financially; it’s taken me aback.

“My dad went to the game [WGC v Romford] on Saturday, I couldn’t make it, and people were giving him envelopes. It was surreal to open them and see what people had given; we were speechless.

“I keep thinking why would they help? I’ll get by.

“You hear about the football family, it’s the first time I’ve seen it for myself and this shows it exists.

“I’ve had clubs that I’ve never had links with contact me and give me their best wishes.”

Brettell was back in hospital this week after contracting an infection in his leg and it will be 10-12 weeks before he will be able to weight-bear and he won’t play football again this year.

The injury means he cannot work for now and is also going to miss out on a planned holiday to Marbella with friends.

He said: “It’s only got to me once and I was in a hole, but I’m trying to be positive.

“The silver lining was that it happened around friends and ex team-mates from WGC, as it could have been against another team and I wouldn’t have had as much support at the time.

“I’m aiming to get to the [WGC] FA Cup game, that’s a target for me.”

WGC named their friendly with Romford on Saturday ‘Sean Brettell Day’ with gate receipts going to the player as well as bucket collections. The club also started an online fundraising campaign (https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/WGCFC-Sean-Brettell).

Brettell, who had an instrumental role in WGC’s double winning campiagn last season, added: “I’d like to give a special thanks to my immediate family, [WGC manager] Adam Fisher, physios Ryan Jefferies [Bedford Town] and Matt Cleverly [WGC], Karen Fisher, Melissa Jordan, Andrew Wiseman, Shona Hay, all at WGC and Bedford Town FC and all the well-wishers.

“Their support has kept me going and will help me get back on my feet.”


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