Kettering Town players have set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for injured team-mate Durrell Berry.
The ex-Plymouth and Torquay defender, 25, has had to give up his job after rupturing his Achilles in a Southern League Premier match in November.
The page was opened on Tuesday, with £1,700 raised by 18:00 GMT on Thursday.
"I definitely appreciate it from all the boys involved and all the fans - anyone's who helped me out in this tough time," Berry told BBC Sport.
Berry will miss the rest of the season for Kettering, where he is contracted part-time, and has to wear a protective boot for around two months.
"I was working in a warehouse so there's no chance I'd be able to do it in this boot," he added.
He suffered a double leg-break in March 2016, which kept him out of action for eight months.
"I'm not getting any income because I can't work at the minute or play football," he said. "You wouldn't want it at any time but of course, with it being near Christmas, it's always a bit of a blow.
"It's heart-warming that everyone involved and even people from my previous clubs are willing to help me out.
"You sink or swim, don't you, in situations like this - I'm mentally strong enough to get through it."
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