Wigan St Judes have confirmed that one of their U13s players has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour.
The club say that the chances of Josh Mawdsley taking to the field again are “very slim” and add that it is likely that the youngster could also lose his eye.
The amateur rugby league club say they will announce fundraising efforts in the coming days to show their support to Josh and his family.
A statement released on social media read: “Josh in now facing 6-8 weeks of chemotherapy before surgery to remove the tumour and he will then need reconstructive surgery to fix the damage to his skull.
“The likelihood of him ever taking to the field again is extremely slim but this is a small price to pay as long as he is safe, healthy and cancer free.
“It’s about the worst news on every front for this brave young man, but in times of desperation, we must maintain hope and belief that all will come good again.
“Neil Birch, who has coached Josh since Newbies, describes Josh as a hugely talented forward, a great friend and team-mate and a wonderful human being.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family at this difficult time, but we know Josh will not be beaten and will fight his way back to full health.
“We are all behind you Josh.”
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