Essendon FC star Brendon Goddard will grant Bombers fan Will Murray his wish and make do on the promise he made early last year in walking out with Will onto the ground for his 300th game.
The Bombers tackle the Giants on Saturday afternoon at Spotless Stadium in Sydney and it promises be a special occasion for the Murray family. Will, his father Nick and a mate Flynn will fly to Sydney on Saturday morning for the game, the first time he will have been on a plane since the accident.
For those that don’t know, Will sustained a serious neck injury in January 2016, when he was playing with his mates at a local beach in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Black Rock. An accident off a pier resulted in catastrophic damage to his C5 vertebra and diagnosis of quadriplegia from severe spinal cord injury.
Renowned as a talented athlete, Will was Vice Captain of the Victorian School Boys State Football Team, represented Australia at the World BMX titles, played representative basketball and captained his school football team.
“I thought reading his story, he loves his footy, he was a good prospect (Will played in the Victorian under-12 team) and I guess one of his dreams as a kid was to go out on an AFL ground and play a game of AFL footy,” Goddard told the Herald Sun.
“This was an opportunity to get a taste of it. His dream was ripped away from him and it was the first thing I thought of.’’
“Obviously, he has a far bigger fight… There is a sense of mental toughness in what we do as footballers, but nothing compared to what Will has had to deal with and come to terms with.”
READ: Brendon Goddard to fulfil his 300-game promise to Will Murray (Herald Sun)
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