Maddy Cusack

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Tributes have been pouring in for Sheffield United vice-captain Maddy Cusack who tragically died on Wednesday at the age of 27. “This is heartbreaking news for everyone at Bramall Lane,” Stephen Bettis, United’s chief executive officer, said. “Maddy had a unique position of being part of a number of teams at Sheffield United and was popular with everyone that she came into contact with.

“Her personality and professionalism made her a credit to her family — she will be sadly missed. Whilst taking in the news and moving forward, the club will offer as much support as possible to Maddy’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Her Sheffield United teammates have been paying tributes and sharing their memories of the midfielder.

“Absolutely devastating news,” wrote defender Molly Graham on X. formerly known as Twitter. “Such a great person and teammate. You will be missed hugely! Rest in peace Mads.”

Goalkeeper Beth Davies wrote: “There aren’t words to say how much you’ll be missed, Mads.” and striker Sophie Haywood wrote: “I hope you know the impact you have had on me and so many others on and off the pitch. A true professional and such a genuine person. You are loved by many and will be so so missed Mads. Rest easy MC8.”

Cusack was the longest serving member of Sheffield United women’s squad, having joined the club in 2019. She signed a contract extension with the club in July and expressed her appreciation for Sheffield United.

Baroness Sue Campbell, FA director of women’s football, said: “We are all devastated to learn about the passing of Maddy Cusack. On behalf of the FA, the Lionesses, the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Maddy’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone at Sheffield United.

“Maddy also represented England at age-group level and we will pay tribute to her at an appropriate point. We are in contact with the club and will continue to offer them our full support during this incredibly sad time.”

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