Mansfield have confirmed the death of the club’s 18-year-old striker Ryan Evans.
The forward, who was the captain of the Stags’ Under-18 performance group, died recently at home.
He had accepted a place in the club’s Under-21 squad ahead of next season.
Academy coach Jamie McGuire told the club’s official site: “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 added: “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.”