Former Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham has described former team-mate Marton Fulop as a “lovely, lovely fella” after his death at the age of 32.
Hungarian goalkeeper Fulop died this morning after a battle with cancer.
He played for Sunderland between 2006 and 2010, and spent a season playing alongside Higginbotham, who got to know him well.
Higginbotham said: “It’s awful news. He was a real good guy and character.
“I spent quite a lot of time with him. and we spoke about a lot of things.
“He was a genuinely lovely, lovely fella, and I got to know him quite well.
“I just feel for his family and hope they’re alright.”
Higginbotham added: “He was always a lad who would have a laugh. He took training very, very seriously, and sometimes would get quite angry, which is fine.
“You’ll struggle to find anyone with a bad word to say about Marton. He was such a lovely guy and it is terrible, tragic news.
“Regardless of how good a goalkeeper was, he was a great man.
“He did a lot of impressions of different people. He would always make a laugh and a joke about things. He had a very strange laugh, but it was infectious. He was a terrific man.”