AMERICAN football team Hereford Stampede have paid tribute to one of their players who has died.

The Hereford-based club received the news on Friday that player Mike Penhalagan had died.

A statement on the club's Facebook page said: "Big Mike will be a massive loss to this world, he was such a talented player who played with heart every single time he stepped on the field, he won’t just be remembered for his skill as a player but as a kind hearted young man with a great soul.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time."