The sad news that defender Ryan Higgins has had to retire from professional football due to a heart condition came as a shock to everyone at Torquay United.

For a player to lose the sport and career that they love must be a heavy blow to deal with. Ryan has taken everything in his stride and is a credit to the game.

We have chosen our National League home match against Halifax Town (14/04/18 | 3pm KO) to hold a collection for Ryan to help him with his next steps outside of playing football. It will be a chance for the Yellow Army to show their appreciation for a player that gave everything for the Club, albeit in a short time wearing the yellow shirt.

We also have a few other fundraising opportunities to support Ryan coming up, so keep tuned.