- A footballer has died during training
- It is the second tragedy to hit the club in less than 12 months
- The Aberglasslyn Ants have yet to make a statement
A New South Wales rugby league club has been rocked by another tragedy less than 12 months after the death of one of its players, according to 7sport.
The Aberglasslyn Ants were holding a pre-season training session at their ground near Maitland when a 31-year-old player collapsed on Tuesday night.
He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
A NSW Rugby League spokesperson said: “The NSWRL extends its deepest condolences to the family of an Aberglasslyn Ants player who sadly passed away at Maitland Hospital on Tuesday night after collapsing in training at McKeachies Oval.
‘The NSWRL is concentrating its efforts on providing full support to its family, teammates, club and the local rugby league community.
Aberglasslyn ants have been hit by a second tragedy in just eight months
‘We ask that the media respect the family’s privacy during this incredibly traumatic time.
“There are many important processes that must be followed by authorities, including the police, who may be required to prepare a report for the coroner.”
Emergency services, including police, arrived at the football pitch at 5.30pm after learning that a man had collapsed.
A police statement said: “Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District and New South Wales Ambulance paramedics attended and treated the 31-year-old man. He was taken to Maitland Hospital, however he was pronounced deceased on arrival. .
“Initial investigations indicate there are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”
Tuesday’s tragic incident follows another heartbreaking loss for the club, with the death of striker Brodie Pearson last June.
He was injured in a tackle during a match at Fingal Bay. His father was only 27 years old.
“As we keep our No. 8 jerseys for the rest of the season in your honor, we remember you as a friend, a brother, a father and simply one of the kindest souls on our club,” the Ants said in the aftermath of his death.
Aberglasslyn has not yet made a statement regarding Tuesday’s incident.