We are sad to hear of the young Huddersfield Giants academy player Ronan Costello has died at the age of 17 after being injured in a game against Salford on Saturday, we reported the incident shortly after it happened and we are shocked he didn’t pull through.
There were rumours circling around over the weekend that the rising superstar had passed but there was no official statement from the club or family.
Ronan was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after the incident during an under-19s match and his family said they acknowledged “that this was a tragic accident”.
“We are absolutely devastated to lose Ronan so tragically and suddenly. He was a loving and caring 17-year-old lad,” they added in a statement.
“He was dedicated to his family and friends and was a credit to all of his family. We are so proud of him and his achievements.
“We are all truly heartbroken and Ronan will be missed and forever in our hearts.”
Rugby Football League (RFL) chief executive Nigel Wood said: “We are all incredibly saddened by news of the death of Huddersfield Giants academy player Ronan Costello.
“It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Ronan’s family and friends at this time.
A few of the Sports King team has kids who play rugby and even though its a phyical sport this rarely happens in the modern game and we can understand the pain the family must be going through at this hard time.