Hull FC youngster, 19, dies in car crash

A talented Rugby League player has passed away following a car crash on Sunday.

Bradley Parker, 19, was the passenger in a car which collided with a Land Rover Defender. The driver of the car, 18, has also died.

Playing predominantly as a hooker, Parker excelled from a young age, captaining his school rugby team, helping South Holderness to the Year 11 National Cup Final.

Parker went on to captain East Hull and the Hull FC scholarship team, before his performances earned him international recognition with the England Youth squad.

Parker had recently left the Airlie Birds to explore different avenues.

In a statement released by Hull FC, the club said they are “deeply saddened” by the news, and as a mark of respect, the club will carry his name on the player’s match day shirts in Super League next season.

Parker was part of a squad involving current first-team players Jack Logan and Reece Dean. Both are thought to be close friends of Parker.

Tributes have poured in online.

Former Hull FC player Jordan Rankin tweeted: “Such a tragic loss at such a young age. Thoughts are with his family and all of FC.”
Meanwhile, Hull Daily Mail reporter Gareth Westmorland said: “It’s times like these when the rugby supporters in Hull put club allegiances to one side and come together.”

Humberside Police are asking for witnesses of the incident to come forward.