James McClean pays tribute to 'warrior' Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride
Ryan McBride

James McClean has paid his respects to "warrior" Ryan McBride who died suddenly yesterday at the age of 27.

McBride, who began playing for his home-town team Derry in 2011 and starred for the side alongside current Republic of Ireland star McClean, had played in all four games for City this season, most recently Saturday's 4-0 win over Drogheda United.

It was reported locally that defender McBride was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday night. The cause of death is unknown.

His former manager at Derry, current Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny, and McClean were at RTE headquarters in Dublin attending the FAI International awards when news came through.

McClean, who will be excused from training with the senior Ireland team this week to attend the funeral, shared a poignant tribute on Instagram.

"Tonight we lost someone [I] had to the privilege to play along aside but also got on well with of the field, a warrior that literally would throw his body on the line when he pulled on that Derry City jersey, a club that meant so much to him, but more importantly a big gentleman of the field.. sleep tight big man may god bless you and your family #5 #townilovedsowell."