A LOCAL rugby league club has spoken of its shock and sadness following the tragic death of one of its “treasured players”, Jenson Okhovat.

Jenson, who played for Drighlington ARLFC and worked as an electrician, recently died at the age of 28.

The father of a young daughter, Jenson played as a second row for his boyhood club following stints at Leeds-based Hunslet Warriors and in the professional ranks at Dewsbury Rams, where he was part of their Reserves Championship Trophy-winning side in 2015.

His death has shaken the rugby league community in West Yorkshire, and Drighlington ARLFC posted a heart-breaking message on their Twitter page in tribute to Jenson.

The club said: “It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our much loved and dearest, Jenson.

“Since we received the tragic news of the loss of one of the clubs most treasured players and friends, we have painstakingly tried to find the words to describe how we are feeling, not only as a club but as his Drighlington Rugby Family.

“The truth is, there are truly no words to verbalise this unfathomable loss.

“Nothing that can be said can put into account this heartbreak, and the rippling effect it will have on us all.

“We would like to take some time as a club and community to begin to comprehend what has happened.

“Our deepest and sincerest condolences are with Jenson’s family and friends, now and always.”

Dewsbury Rams have also expressed their sadness and condolences following Jenson’s tragic death.