LONG-serving Rocks defender James Crane has said he has been shocked and overwhelmed by the generosity of Bognor fans after they dug deep to fund a shoulder operation.
The left-sided defender has been out of action since he fell awkwardly in the 2-2 draw against Gloucester City in September.
After being told he would have to wait for the summer to have the operation, the Rocks supporters club led a fundraising charge.
Thanks to donations collected at Saturday’s match against Wealdstone, more than £1,800 was collected in less than a week towards the £4,200 surgery.
It means Crane, who’s been with the club for the last nine seasons, can get the operation done in the coming weeks, meaning he could be fit by the end of the campaign.
Crane, who writes a fortnightly column for the Post, said: “I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the fans. It shows what a great club we have got and the loyalty is amazing.
“It means everything and sums up why I have stayed at the club for so long. The fans are integral to the whole club. I can’t wait to get back on the pitch and repay the fans by contributing to keeping us in the league.”