The family of a Gwent police officer and former Cardiff City academy player have paid tribute to “a loyal son, brother and friend.”
Rhys Kelleher died of cancer at Velindre hospital on Wednesday 21st August.
The 28 year-old from Treharris in south Wales was a talented midfielder, who developed through the academy system at Cardiff City and represented the club at under 21 level.
He was chosen to represent Wales in under 19’s which his family said he was “thrilled about.”
He later studied Criminology at the University of South Wales where he achieved a 2:1. His family said he represented the university in football and was chosen to represent Wales Universities for home nations tournaments in 2010 and 2012.
More recently, up until his cancer diagnosis, Rhys worked as a police officer for Gwent Police.
Cardiff City also released a statement describing Rhys as a “a talented footballer with wit and an engaging personality.”
Geraint Twose, who coached Rhys at Cardiff City academy, sent a touching tribute to the club.