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19 March 2021

"We're just absolutely devastated. He was a young man full of life and energy"

Paul Cook has paid tribute to Steve Jagielka, after the tragic news of the former midfielder's passing at the age of just 43 earlier this week.

The older brother of Sheffield United defender Phil, Steve came through the ranks at Stoke before six years at Shrewsbury and a season with the Blades.

It was at Accrington where Steve's path crossed with Town’s boss as well as first-team coach Gary Roberts - the trio being part of a Stanley side who won promotion to the Football League in 2006.

He went on to play for Drolysden and AFC Telford United, also featuring in charity legends matches at Shrewsbury in recent years.

"I spoke to John Coleman [Accrington manager] on Wednesday morning when the news was just surfacing about Steve. We're just absolutely devastated," Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

"He was a young man full of life and energy. 

"He was a pleasure to be around when we were at Accrington together. I know all of the Accrington lads have taken it very deeply as well as all the clubs he touched; Shrewsbury, Telford, everywhere.

"It will be a sad place without him. My deepest sympathies go out to his brother Phil, and all of his family because it's such a sad time."

The thoughts of everyone at Ipswich Town are with Steve's family, friends and former clubs at this difficult time.

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