WHEN Corey Rees ran out on to the football field last week, he was hoping for a win.
Now his family is just hoping for a full recovery, after a freak accident during the August 29 game left the 16-year-old with multiple skull fractures.
Reports indicate he was injured after a head clash with a player from the other team.
This week friends and family offered their support to the Rees family, who are in Brisbane awaiting surgery on Monday.
Corey was playing for the St Brendan's Seconds team against North Rockhampton High School when he was injured.
He also plays for the CQ Capras under-16 side.
Steve Parle, the under-16s Capras coach, said it was tragic news.
He described Corey as a great kid and a great player, and said he hoped to see him on the field next year.
"In sport occasionally you get these injuries. It's really devastating," he said
"He's a fine young player, he played the game really hard and it's really sad to think it will be the last game for this year.
"He could have been in the situation where he could have played for Brendan's firsts. Reesy wouldn't have been far from being in the top 19.
"We can only wish him all the best and that he makes a full recovery."