A football club has paid tribute to one of its players, after it was confirmed that a body was discovered in the River Usk in Newport.

Croesyceiliog AFC, based in Cwmbran in South Wales, shared the following tribute to their player on social media on Monday, after receiving the devastating news.

“This is for sure a post we never thought we would have to, or never wanted to make. 

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to confirm our player who went missing over the weekend Tom Moreton, has been found and has sadly passed away. 

“Tom was a fun loving and kind young man, he made all of us laugh with his humour and his quick comebacks. 

“Tom was also a very talented player and he will forever be missed and loved by the Players, Management and Committee members of Croesyceiliog AFC.

“Our support and love goes out to Tom’s family, friends, and every single person affected at this time.

“We are always here if anybody needs to talk. 

“Rest easy, Tom. Forever 19.”

Croesyceiliog AFC are due to play Hereford Lads Club in a pre season friendly in July, and the Hereford based club shared their condolences with the Welsh side in a Tweet that said:

“Really sorry to read this. Our thoughts are with Tom’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Gwent Police had confirmed earlier on Monday, that the body of a man, now confirmed to be Tom, was recovered from the River Usk in Newport.

“The body of a man was found in the River Usk in Newport at around 6.15pm on Sunday 25 June.

“Formal identification has taken place and the man was identified as Tom Moreton, 19, from Cwmbran who was reported as missing to Gwent Police on Sunday 25 June. 

“His next of kin have been informed.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”