Community rallies in support of former Cowboys player
FORMER Cowboys Under-20s and University player Rogan Dean is showing unbelievable bravery after losing his left foot in a freak motorbike accident a fortnight ago.
Dean, who played for the Cowboys Under-20s across 2011-12 and also played TDRL with University, had his left foot amputated just below the ankle following the collision which was reportedly just two minutes from his home.
But Dean, who was nicknamed Guns for his huge biceps, is fighting strongly after being pictured doing rehabilitation training at home.
Dean's current club the Ipswich Jets are providing emotional support for Dean and say the 27-year-old, who scored 33 tries in 70 ISC games, has been in remarkably good spirits.
Former University coach Tony Martin mentored Dean for most of the 2011 season and said the Sarina junior was a strong character.
"He was lovely guy to coach and very well mannered, and he was an exceptionally hard worker," Martin said.
"It was a really privilege to have coached him and he nearly played a full season for us.
"We will try and get in touch with him. We're all thinking of him.
"I have no doubt he can get through this, but it will be crucial that he has the righty support around him.
"If he has all the right support and I'm sure he'll be OK."
After playing for the Cowboys under-20s and University, Dean moved south to further his footy career with Norths Devils.
Queensland Rugby League boss Rob Moore said he was deeply saddened by the news.
"On behalf of the QRL and the entire rugby league community, we offer our thoughts and best wishes to Rogan and his family," Moore said.
"This is of course an extremely challenging time for Rogan, but we know he will have some excellent support through the tight-knit Jets family as well as the wider rugby league community."
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