Brooks plans a run for James McQuillan

FORMER Albury footballer Jack Brooks hopes to raise more than $20,000 when he runs from Wagga to Junee in support of injured mate James McQuillan.

Brooks, who spent two seasons at Albury Sportsground before returning to Turvey Park, is running 45 kilometres on July 12 to help raise money for McQuillan, who suffered spinal injuries against Yarrawonga in round 1.

He remains in hospital in Melbourne undergoing rehabilitation.

In what Brooks has labelled the “Run for Quill”, the 20-year-old said he hadn’t stopped thinking of McQuillan since he was injured on April 5.

“My aim is to get a bit over $20,000,” Brooks said.

“We’re just getting the idea out there to businesses and we’ll probably have a breakfast before the run.

“I’m still playing footy, but James has been on my mind ever since and it’s obviously affected me.

“This is my way of helping him.”

Brooks said chatting to McQuillan’s parents, Jack and Jo, had encouraged him to do something to help his friend and ease the family’s financial pressure.

He is approaching businesses and local people for support to raise money for The James McQuillan Future Fund.

All gate profits from Saturday’s interleague clash at Wangaratta between the Ovens and Murray and Hampden leagues will be donated to that fund.

Jack Brooks in action for Albury in 2012.

Jack Brooks in action for Albury in 2012.