Tributes after ex-Leeds RL player dies at 36 UPDATED

Mick Shaw in match action.
Mick Shaw in match action.
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Tributes have been paid to former Leeds Rugby League player Mick Shaw, who has died aged 36.

Mr Shaw joined Leeds from the Elland amateur club in March, 1993.

He made 38 senior appearances – scoring 13 tries – before leaving to join Bramley at the end of 1996.

He also had a spell with hometown club Halifax, later turned out for Rochdale Hornets and was heavily involved with the Siddal amateur club in Halifax, where he had a stint as player-coach.

The hooker was at Leeds when current head of youth Barrie McDermott signed as a player in 1995.

“He was a great lad,” Mr McDermott told the YEP. “The year I signed we let James Lowes (now Rhinos’ assistant-coach) go, because Mick was going to be a younger, faster version.

“For whatever reason it didn’t work out for him, but he went back into the amateur game and gave a lot back to the Siddal club.

“It is really tragic and he will be missed.”

Mr Shaw died on Saturday. There are no suspicious circumstances and the coroner’s office has been informed.

Two years ago former Leeds hooker and team mate Terry Newton committed suicide.

Mr McDermott said: “I was looking through the record books at a game in 1996, when we had Mick at hooker and Tez in the back-row.

“Fans look at players and see them living the high life, but at some point – in their late 20s or early 30s – they go back to being the ordinary bloke in the street.

“I think as a game we need to do more to help keep them involved and to look after people who’ve been in the game if they’ve fallen on hard time.

“The RFL are doing a fantastic job, but as always we have to ask ourselves are we doing enough?”

Bradford Bulls football manager Stuart Duffy was a member of Leeds’s backroom staff during Mr Shaw’s time at the club.

He said: “I watched him come through as a junior into the first grade and for a season and a half he was virtually unstoppable.

“He had a tremendous couple of years at Leeds and he was a thoroughly nice lad off the field.”