Lions star bids farewell

Lions star bids farewell

The fundraising was in honour of his son James who was diagnosed with brain cancer this year.

Hugo stepped down this season to spend time with James, who underwent successful surgery earlier this year.

Hugo said he wanted to give back to PMH after spending months with James in the hospital and saw his last game at Macedonia Park as a good opportunity, raising more than $2000.

‘The money is going towards caring for kids who suffer from neurological issues in Ward 5A or it will go towards research into neurological cancer in young kids.

‘It’s just something that you never want to hear; it was just never something that entered my mind. It’s one of those things, as a parent that you hope you never have to go through, to see your kids that sick.

‘It’s been amazing now that the tumour has been removed to see him as a completely different kid,’ Mr Hugo said.

James was presented with a signed jersey by Perth Glory midfielder Daniel De Silva after the game while Stirling Lions was presented with a $10,000 cheque for training and development.

The Glory came away with a 4-0 win and Glory coach Alistair Edwards said he was impressed with Stirling.

‘You can see why Stirling is on top of the league,’ he said.

‘They gave us a really good game and we were really pleased with the overall performance of our guys this evening.’

Hugo said the Stirling Lions had been fantastic.

‘How great the people were to me during my family’s time, I’ll forever remember that.’

Football operations manager for the club Don Evans said Hugo had been a fantastic player for the Lions and Swan I.C.

‘He has been a great ambassador for the game and has represented State and clubs with honour and pride… he is one of the true gentlemen of the game.’