How Harry Rushton made a life-changing impact on one Canberra Raiders fan
The 19-year-old, who left Wigan at the end of last season to join the NRL club, sparked a fundraising drive to have a life-changing impact on one Raiders fan.
Supporter Mat Mitchell had lost his dog, Turbo, which had helped him with his battle with anxiety and depression, reports the Footy Smiles social media account.
He couldn't afford to adopt a new dog, Razzle, but still wanted it to find a loving home and so posted it on his Facebook page.
Backrower Rushton, though, created a Gofundme page - and donated $200 - to help raise enough money for Mat to adopt the dog itself.
More than $800 was raised, allowing to pay for the adoption as well as some food and equipment.
Shevington Sharks, Rushton's former junior club, tweeted: "Well done, a fantastic gesture from an amazing young gent. I think Canberra have got a gem, both on and off the pitch."
Wiganer Steve McCormack, head of welfare for the charity Rugby League Cares, said: "It’s the little things that make a difference. Well done Harry."
Rushton, who has signed a three-year deal with the Raiders, played one senior game for Wigan - in the young side beaten 42-0 by St Helens this season.
The Blackpool youngster joins ex-Warriors Ryan Sutton and George Williams in the Australian capital.