Two Brisbane Broncos players viisted a Fassifern junior rugby league player in hospital as he continues to recover after a devastating car accident.
Jordon Kahu and Moses Pangai stopped by the Princess Alexandria Hospital to see 18-year-old Bruklan Marshall, who lost his arm, broke his jaw and suffered liver damage after a smash at Peak Crossing last month.
The young rugby league fan and Fassifern Bombers player found out he was selected to represent Ipswich the day of the crash.
Tracey Ashworth says her son Bruklan, known as BJ, is a huge Broncos fan is keeping his spirits up and the visit would help him maintain his positive outlook.
“I was worried that once BJ realised he wouldn’t be able to play football with his team anymore that he would shy away from the sport all together, that he wouldn’t want to watch any games or get into the spirit,” she said.
“But he’s just as excited about the game as ever and while BJ won’t be able to play for his team, he is eager to stay involved with the club.”
Marshall said he was beginning to recover from the injuries sustained when his ute collided with a truck on Warrill View Peak Crossing Road.
“I’m getting a bit sick of the pins and bandages but apart from that it’s good,” he said.
"I don't mind being in here if it's the key to getting me better and back on my feet then yeah it's worth it."
Marshall said he was very happy to have the Broncos players visit and he was hoping to stay involved with the sport into the future.
“I’ve watched them (the Broncos) throughout the years and to be able to meet them has been fantastic,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll still be a part of the Bombers maybe running water for the boys or even maybe as an assistant coach I'd still like to put in.
“I think my golf days are over though, might be able to play a bit of tennis, that’s about it.”
Broncos centre and New Zealand international Jordan Kahu said it was great to pay BJ a visit.
"Hearing he was such a big fan, obviously it was good to come here especially as he's been going through some tough times of late,” he said.
"He's been improving pretty quick as we've been told, just a credit to himself and I guess his family as well for how far long he's come in such a short amount of time."
Kahu related his own struggles with injury and time spent in hospital with BJ.
Early in his footballing career Kahu needed three knee reconstructions in four years and thought he would never play again.
“I hung around the wrong people before I was injured and I hung around them at the start of my recovery and I wasn’t really doing anything or going anywhere,” he said.
“I started surrounding myself with good people and I have a lot of good mates that helped me out and helped me get through my recovery.
“Being surrounded with good friends and family is what helps us get through rough times.”
Photos courtesy of Princess Alexandria Hospital.