A DARTS exhibition tournament is being staged to raise funds for an amateur rugby league player who suffered a horrific compound leg fracture.

John ‘Brett’ Pennington, of Pilkington Recs, sustained breaks to both bones in his lower right leg in the North West Men’s League Grand Final at Widnes last month.

The 30-year-old forward has since undergone a series of operations and faces a long road to recovery.

Now Recs are hosting a darts event at their Ruskin Drive base to raise funds to support John, who is nicknamed Brett.

It will take place on Sunday, December 16. Admission on the door costs £3 and it is £10 to enter the competition.

Top St Helens darter Ste Bunting will be attending the event, which is being supported by Haresfinch based A180 Darts.

Recs’ John Rees said: “We want to make it in a fun atmosphere and have the music playing to create an atmosphere like the Alexandra Palace.

“Everyone at the club is keen to support Brett who has been remarkably tough considering the severity of his injury.”

Doors open at the Percival Rooms at 12.30pm, with the competition starting at 1.30pm.

For tickets or to enter contact John Rees 07789887757 or Billy Dillon 07879662940.