Canterbury Bulldogs have issued a statement expressing their deepest sympathies following the passing of one of their young players.

Ziggy Vincent had been on trial with the club as part of their Jesey Flegg side and was found dead over the weekend.

The club’s statement reads: “The Bulldogs would like to express their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ziggy Vincent who tragically passed away yesterday.

“Although Ziggy was only around the club for six weeks as a trialist for our Jersey Flegg side, he had made a great impression on all those that had met him and had made some close friends in and around the club.

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“His passing has come as a major shock to everyone at the club and we offer our condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

“All Bulldogs players and staff have been offered counselling at this difficult time.

Vincent, 19, was close friends with CJ Mundine, the son of NRL legend Anthony.

Mundine senior said: “I let Zig know I was always there for him, but a lot of these brothers feel like they’re a burden.

“But they’re actually not. They’re just shy and don’t want to bring their problems on anyone else.

“To anyone that has any problems with mental health or are not in a good place. Please speak up to somebody you trust, someone that sheds a good light in your life.

“That’s the most important thing. Even hit me up if you have to.”