A FUNDRAISER supporting a footballer from Gwynedd diagnosed with cancer has raised nearly £4000 within the first week and a half.

On August 16, Bangor-born midfielder Daniel (Danny) Gosset, who plays for Cymru Premier side Bala Town, was told he had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The 25-year-old’s close friend Andrew Cook has set up a crowdfunding page to help him and his family, so far collecting £3,936 with more than 100 people and local football clubs donating to the cause.

Andrew said: “The reason behind the fundraising events is to help Danny and his family through a difficult time, offering both emotional and financial support.

“Danny is one of the nicest people you are likely to meet, and I have never heard anyone say anything different about him.”

Gosset, a former Bangor City player and pupil of Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen School in Caernarfon, is now undergoing chemotherapy in the hope of shrinking the tumour. This will be followed by radiotherapy at the Christie hospital, Manchester.

Alongside football, he runs a barber shop in Port Dinorwic. Talking about the help he’s received so far, Gosset said: “Thank you football family. I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the support I’ve had over the last few weeks. I’m also so grateful for each and every wonderful gesture - it means a lot to me and is definitely helping with my recovery.

“I’m blessed to be surrounded by such positivity. Every setback is a set-up for a comeback.”

Gosset is a respected figure within Welsh football, having appeared for Rhyl, The New Saints and Bangor City before signing for Bala in August 2018.

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Cefn Druids and previously played for English Football League side’s Oldham Athletic and Stockport County, as well as the Wales C team.

Gosset's diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma came after he had suffered a dull ache in his left hip. In April, he was referred for an x-ray at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital - which did not pick up anything unusual.

In July, he returned to Bala Town for training but the injury wasn’t improving and he went under the care of the club’s physiotherapist Fiona Evans. He was booked in for a private MRI scan and referred to the specialist bone unit at Gobowen, for further scans and a biopsy, resulting in the diagnosis.

Gosset says he has set himself a target to be back playing by the end of this season.

“His strong mindset and determination clearly shows the winning mentality of a professional athlete,” friend Andrew Cook said.

“But it’s his selflessness to want to highlight how important it is to get injuries checked out professionally no matter how innocuous they may seem that’s admirable.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dannygosset1?utm_term=q3bbp5Vqk