Club captain Gavin Swankie has admitted that Monday’s tragic news of the death of U20 player Jack Syme hasn’t sunk in yet.
Jack’s body was discovered in the Kinnoull Hill area in Perth on Monday morning after police launched an overnight search following concerns for his welfare.
The 20-year-old, from Abernethy, has been described as a popular lad and a leader on the park as social media tributes poured in.
A stunned Swankie said: “Obviously it’s a very sad time for everyone connected to Jack. He was a great lad and got on well with everyone at the club.
“It’s still not totally sunk in yet what’s happened.
“Thoughts from everyone at the club go out to Jack’s family and friends.”
Forfar Athletic cancelled Tuesday night’s U20 league fixture with Raith Rovers at the request of his teammates.
The club published the following statement: “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.
“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.”
Chairman Alastair Donald said the club hopes to do something in Jack’s honour in the near future.
He said: “The news has shocked the whole club. We’re reeling, it came from nowhere.
“Jack was a popular young lad, everyone at the club knew him. He’d been at the club for three years, he was part of the U19s team that got to the League Cup final two years ago.
“He was plagued with injuries since and was at the end of a long road back. He was at St Andrews United this season and he was enjoying his football. He was held in very high regard there. We hadn’t seen him at the club for a few weeks with him being at St Andrews but of course his manager and coaches were in permanent contact.
“The response on social media shows how highly everybody thought of him.
“Our thoughts go out to his family at this time. The club hope to do something in his honour in the near future but we will comment on that further at a later time.
“We will certainly do something at the next home game against Dunfermline.”