Huddersfield Giants' Ronan Costello dies aged 17
Last Updated: 15/06/16 7:38pm
Huddersfield academy player Ronan Costello has died from injuries sustained during an U19 match against Salford.
Saturday's game was abandoned after the injury to 17-year-old Costello, and Huddersfield later confirmed he was in a critical condition in hospital.
A further statement released on Tuesday confirmed the teenager's death.
It read: "It is with regret that Huddersfield Giants wish to inform everyone of the passing of 17-year-old academy player Ronan Costello today.
"Ronan was airlifted to the LGI on Saturday afternoon after he was injured during the Giants academy game with Salford.
"The club have been asked by the family to send their thanks for the messages of support they have received to date and have requested that all well-wishers now allow them to grieve and respect their privacy."
A statement from the Costello family read: "We are absolutely devastated to lose Ronan so tragically and suddenly.
"Ronan was a loving and caring 17-year-old lad who was dedicated to his family and friends. He was a credit to all of his family and we are so proud of him and his achievements.
"He was passionate about rugby and rugby was a big part of his life. We acknowledge that this was a tragic accident.
"As a family, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leeds General Infirmary's Neuro Intensive Care Unit for their dedication, respect and efforts in caring for Ronan and to the Giants.
"We would like to thank everyone who has supported us but we now need some privacy and time to grieve. We are all truly heartbroken and Ronan will be missed and forever in our hearts."