Sheffield United and Accrington Stanley have paid tribute to their former midfielder Steve Jagielka, following his death this week.
Steve, the older brother of ex-Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka, sadly passed away at the age of 43.
The Blades paid tribute to Jagielka on Twitter, tweeting: “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.
“The condolences of all at the Blades are with Phil and the rest of the Jagielka family at this difficult time.
Accrington also posted a tribute, which read: “Everyone at #ASFC is absolutely devastated to hear of the death of former midfielder Steve Jagielka.
“Steve made history with the Reds, playing a big part as Stanley won the Conference title in 2006. Our thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time.”
Former Stoke youth player, Jagielka made his first-team breakthrough at Shrewsbury and as a midfielder he played 176 league games for the Shrews, netting 18 times.
A short spell at Sheffield United then followed in 2003 – the same time as his brother Phil – before a move to Accrington.
Shrewsbury tweeted: “Shrewsbury Town Football Club is deeply saddened to receive news that Steve Jagielka has passed away aged 43.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.”
Another of his former clubs, Telford United, tweeted: “AFC Telford United are extremely saddened to announce the passing of former player Stephen Jagielka.
“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.”