LFE were saddened to hear of the untimely death of Walsall Apprentice Anton Reid on Monday.
Anton was in his first year as an Apprentice and had joined the club from school in early July.
The 16-year-old star collapsed during a routine training exercise on Monday at the University of Aston Training Ground and despite the efforts of medical staff he tragically died shortly after.
A Walsall statement read:
“Players and staff have been left heartbroken by this terrible tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with Anton’s parents, family and friends at this very sad time.”
Head of Youth, Mick Halsall paid his own tribute to Anton stating:
“Anton was just a fantastic boy who had a big future in front of him. He had great strength, great pace and a willingness to defend with all his might. He was a lovely lad with a real determination to succeed. I remember comparing him to certain players but there will only ever be one Anton Reid.”
Roger Gibbins, LFE Regional Officer for the South West/Midlands area said:
“I can’t put into words the great sadness I felt when I heard the shocking news of Anton’s death. An absolute tragedy that someone so young, full of life, and with so much in front of him, should have it taken away so abruptly and in such circumstances. My thoughts are with Anton’s mother and father at this time, as well as the rest of his family and friends. God bless you Anton.”
LFE would like to offer their deepest sympathies to Anton’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.