Cougars Star Has Cardiac Arrest

Danny Jones Dies After Cardiac Arrest

Keighley Cougars and Wales International player Danny Jones has died on Sunday after collapsing pitch side during his sides game at London Skolars.

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Jones who was twenty-nine complained of having “shaky legs” during the pre-match warm-up.  After being treated by the physio on the pitch, Jones asked to be substituted just four minutes into the League one game.

Jones then sat in the dug-out before collapsing pitch-side, the London Ambulance Service were called to the Stadium, as Jones had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jones received further treatment in the ambulance on his way to the Royal Free Hospital, but the Welsh International was later pronounced dead.

Speaking at Cougar Park captain James Feather said

“It’s not going to be the same now playing here.  I’ve played alongside Jones for 10 years.  I don’t know how we’re going to go on, that’s something we’ll have to take a step at a time together, it’s going to be hard, it’s a tragedy.”

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Keighley Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett said

“Its a very difficult time for everyone connected with the club, we will of course give Danny’s wife Lizzie and their five-month-old twins our full support.

Sunday’s home league game against Coventry Bears will go ahead following a request from Danny’s family but the Cougars have cancelled training and a reserve fixture on Thursday.

Jones, who scored more than 1,000 points in 150 appearances for Keighley and won 12 caps for Wales, was “the life and soul in the dressing room, a natural leader, a true professional.

As a tribute the club has official retired his number six shirt.”

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