Young Australian footballer Dylan Tombides, 20, has lost his battle with cancer, passing away on Friday morning in England.
Young Australian Dylan Tombides has lost his battle with cancer. Source: Supplied
YOUNG Australian footballer Dylan Tombides has lost his battle with cancer, passing away on Friday morning in England.
Tombides, 20, has battled testicular cancer for three years, after being diagnosed in 2011.
His club, West Ham, will honour him with a minute's applause ahead of its Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace on Saturday and the club's players will wear black armbands.
Tombides joined West Ham as a youth player in 2010, and made his senior debut for the Hammers in 2012 in the League Cup.
He represented Australia at under-17 and under-23 level, as recently as at the AFC under-22 championships earlier this year, and was long touted as a future Socceroo.
West Ham paid tribute to Tombides in a statement on Friday.
"Dylan's amazing resilience and positivity saw him through months of surgery and chemotherapy, while his outstanding talent saw him make his first-team debut in a League Cup tie with Wigan Athletic at the Boleyn Ground in September 2012."
"Away from the pitch, Dylan did a huge amount of work to raise awareness of male cancer, supporting the One for the Boys campaign at a number of high-profile events alongside the likes of Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, snooker star Jimmy White and fellow Australian Peter Andre.
"Dylan was respected by everyone who knew him for his intelligent views on the game and his larger than life character. He was a loving son, amazing brother and well-respected member of the West Ham squad. He will be hugely missed by everyone who had the honour of knowing him."
The FFA also paid their respects to the talented young star.
"On behalf of the Australian Football Community, we offer our deepest condolences to Dylan's family, team mates and friends during this extremely sad time," FFA chief executive David Gallop said.
"The Tombides family has lost a fine young man and Australian football has lost one of its most promising football players. He will be remembered for the courage he showed in his personal battle as much as the prodigious talent he displayed on the football field."
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