Mansfield Town Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of 18-year-old striker Ryan Evans.
Ryan, who was the captain the U18s, died recently at home.
In the days before his passing he had accepted a place in the U21 squad ahead of next season.
His coach, Jamie McGuire, said: “We are all desperately sorry to learn of this news and our thoughts and prayers are sent to Ryan’s family at this sad time.
“As a player, Ryan was a fantastic leader, always willing to learn and had a never-ending enthusiasm to do the best he could. It was for these reasons, amongst others, that I made him my captain last season.
“We’ll remember him as a smiling young man, with a great energy and charm.”
Chief executive officer Carolyn Radford said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Ryan’s passing; a young and talented footballer who was looking forward to U21s football with us next season.
“To lose someone so young is heartbreaking for Ryan’s family and as a club we will support them in every way we can.
“Our heartfelt thoughts are with Ryan’s loved ones, whist we will remember Ryan and his family in our prayers.”
Grassroots would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Ryan’s family, friends and club at this profoundly sad time.