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Jack Syme: Tributes paid to Forfar footballer

Jack Syme Image copyright St Andrews United
Image caption Jack Syme had played for St Andrews United as well as Forfar

Forfar Athletic have said they are "saddened and distressed" after the death of young defender Jack Syme.

The 20-year-old who had played for Forfar's under-19 team, was found at Kinnoull Hill, near Perth, on Monday.

He had previously been reported missing. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

A development league match between Forfar and Raith Rovers, due to take place on Tuesday evening, has been postponed as a mark of respect.

A statement from Forfar Athletic, who play in Scotland's League One, said: "All involved with Forfar Athletic Football Club are extremely saddened and distressed with the news today of the untimely death of our 20-year-old defender Jack Syme.

"Jack who hailed from Abernethy was a regular member of our Under 19 team last season and had in fact been farmed out on a temporary transfer during the first half of this campaign to St Andrews United.

"At this sad and difficult time the thoughts and sympathies of the directors, management, coaching staff and players at Station Park are with Jack's mother, family and friends."

St Andrews United also expressed their sadness at the news: "The thoughts of St Andrews United FC are with Jacks family and friends at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Jack."

A number of leading footballers have paid tribute.

Stoke's Scotland international midfielder Charlie Adam tweeted: "Thoughts with family and friends of Jack Syme, a young footballer for @ForfarAthletic #RIP."

Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield added: "Such tragic news about young @forfarathleticfc footballer Jack Syme. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends."

Former Celtic and Wales striker John Hartson said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jack Syme, young footballer with Forfar Athletic sadly no longer with us."

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