Former Sheffield United midfielder Steve Jagielka has sadly passed away aged just 43.
The brother of England international and current Blades’ star Phil enjoyed an impressive career as a professional before dropping into non-league – last featuring for Ellesmere Rangers in 2012.
“Sheffield United is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Steve Jagielka – brother of current defender Phil – at the age of 43,” a post confirmed on Twitter.
“The condolences of all at the Blades are with Phil and the rest of the Jagielka family at this difficult time.”
Jagielka started his career at Stoke City but was best known for a six-year stint at Shrewsbury Town where he made more than 200 appearances.
He then completed a switch to Sheffield United in 2003 to join his brother at Bramall Lane but did not make a single first-team appearance before moving to Accrington Stanley.
During his time with Accrington, Jagielka helped the club win promotion to the Football League by winning the conference.
Another promotion was soon to follow, this time with Droylsden, who rose to the Conference North with Jagielka in their ranks.
Spells at Telford United and Hendesford Town followed, before ending his career at Shropshire-based side Ellesmere.
Accrington were among Jagielka’s former clubs to pay their respects on social media.
“Everyone at ASFC is absolutely devastated to hear of the death of former midfielder Steve Jagielka,” the club’s official Twitter account wrote.
“Steve made history with the Reds, playing a big part as Stanley won the Conference title in 2006.”
Telford sent their condolences too, adding: “The former skipper played for the club between 2007-2009 under Rob Smith & Larry Chambers.
“All our thoughts at this difficult time are with Steve’s family & friends.”
Jagielka clearly made a lasting impression at Shrewsbury, where the club’s current midfielder Dave Edwards holds fond memories.
“Absolutely devastating news about Jags,” Edwards wrote on Twitter.
“I loved watching him from the terraces and he was great with me when I got into the first team.
“A #salop legend and great guy. My thoughts and condolences are with his family. RIP mate.”