OFFICIALS at Bridlington Rugby Club have paid tribute to Dominic Elliott, who was a popular character on and off the pitch at Dukes Park.
The 23-year-old who died in the early hours of Sunday morning was a regular in the second row for Bridlington Mariners, the club’s second string, but had also been called up to the first team squad occasionally.
Director of rugby Rich Girking said: “He was a cracking lad - an absolute bundle of fun and energy. He was constantly smiling and was a joy to be around.
“When he was out, he was the life and soul of the party, a fun-loving guy who was larger than life and everyone enjoyed his company.
“He only started playing rugby a couple of years ago but he learnt so quickly that he was called up to the first team squad. he was eager to learn and he was a great sportsman. It’s an absolute tragedy.”
It is the second tragedy to hit the club in a month, following the death of former player Scott Eccles, 40.
Rugby club chairman Gordon Morrice said: “It’s a very, very sad loss and we send our condolences to has family.
“Dominic was a valued member of our club, a good player with great potential. With his size and ability he could easily have established himself as a first team regular.
“He was a popular lad and had so many friends at the club.”