Rob Kelly has spoken of his shock following the news that Lewis Hardcastle has been forced to retire from professional football due to a heart condition.
Hardcastle played a key role in The Bluebirds’ promotion from the National League last term and proudly wore the captain’s armband as the Club made its historic return to the Football League.
However, after feeling unwell during a game at Salford City last month, subsequent examinations uncovered an issue with his heart which has left him with no option but to retire from the game.
Kelly has admitted that it will take some time for he and the players to process the news but has insisted that everyone at the Club will be there to offer support where it is needed.
“It’s devastating news for Lewis and his family,” Kelly told iFollow.
“Lewis is not just a good professional with a career that was definitely on the up, he’s also a terrific human being and a really good person.
“People are still in shock and a bit numb so we’re still coming to terms with it really, but we will support Lewis and his family in whatever way they think best.
“It’s happened so quickly but the most important thing is that they have got to the root cause of the problem and they’re in the process of correcting that so that he is healthy and fit.
“Whatever path he takes – and he doesn’t have to decide any time soon – I know he’s the type of character who will be successful at it and be successful in life.”