BARNOLDSWICK Town FC have announced that club goalkeeper Ryan Livesey has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

A Barnoldswick Town spokesman said: "This has come as a massive shock to Ryan, his family, friends and everyone at Barnoldswick Town.

"Whilst this is going to be the toughest battle he will have faced, for those who know Ryan, they know he is a supremely positive individual. And he remains positive. He is determined to beat this horrible indiscriminate disease.

"Ryan's positive attitude shines through as he is determined to continue to play and be part of the Barnoldswick Town squad for as long as possible.

"I'm sure you will join us in sending our best wishes and love to Ryan and his family at this time. Ryan has the support from everyone involved at the club during this difficult period.

Ryan, who joined from Manchester-based side Maine Road at the start of the season, said: "I'm remaining positive to beat this, I want the team to keep winning so I can keep smiling.

"To everyone at Barnoldswick Town FC, the management team and backroom staff, chairman, secretary, committee, volunteers, supporters and my teammates. Thank you so much for your support and kind words. But most of all, huge thanks to my family for their love and support."