Ronan Costello: Huddersfield Giants academy player dies aged 17


Ronan Costello was injured in a match at the Dram Centre

Huddersfield Giants academy player Ronan Costello has died at the age of 17 after being injured during a game against Salford on Saturday.

He was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after the incident during an under-19s match.

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.

“We will work with both clubs involved in the game to ensure that the players, their families and friends are fully supported by the RFL Benevolent Fund and through Sporting Chance.”

The Huddersfield Examiner