A teenager rugby player remains “critical” in hospital.

Ronan Costello, a 17-year-old Huddersfield Giants Academy star, is in a critical condition in hospital after being seriously injured during a game on Saturday.

Ronan was hurt during a match against Salford City Reds at the Dram Centre in Rawthorpe.

The talented centre was playing for the Academy Under-19 side against Salford City Reds at the M Dalton pitch when the accident happened.

The game was immediately abandoned and he was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary.

The Examiner understands he sustained a serious head or neck injury during an unremarkable challenge.

On Monday morning, Giants managing director Richard Thewlis arrived at the hospital and hours later the Giants put out a tweet saying: “Huddersfield Giants can confirm in conjunction with the Costello family that Ronan remains in the Leeds General Infirmary in a critical condition”.

The club also tweeted: “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this hugely sensitive time.”

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Giants coach Paul Anderson said after his team’s defeat to Wakefield Wildcats on Sunday: “All that is important is Ronan getting back to health.

“All our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

And rugby league fans from Hull to Wigan were quick to add their best wishes for Ronan’s recovery with one saying what had happened “put everything in perspective.”

Many took to social media to express their concerns to the player’s family and to the club.

Giants’ Academy coach Chris Thorman is on holiday at the moment but tweeted his support.

The talented teenager played for Brighouse Rangers before being snapped up by the Giants.

In July last year he was one of 10 of their Under 16 Scholars to play with the Under 19 squad next season. The youngsters signed first professional contracts with the club and started at the club full-time on September 1.