Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker has received additional leave before pre-season training following the devastating news that he and partner Ellie Brown lost their unborn child.
Walker and Ellie had announced the pregnancy in September following the conclusion of the Crows’ AFL season.
The baby, their first, was due in March.
“The thoughts of the entire Crows family are with Taylor and Ellie, as well as their extended family, at this difficult time,” a club statement read.
The heartbreak is the second family tragedy to hit the Crows this year.
Rory Sloane and wife Belinda shared in August that they had lost their first child through stillbirth.
Walker was slated to begin pre-season training next week.
Supporters joined Adelaide in sharing tributes to the 28-year-old and his family on Thursday night:
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) November 15, 2018
The thoughts of the entire Redlegs family are with former player Taylor Walker and his partner Ellie at this difficult time. 💙❤️
— Norwood FC (@NorwoodFC) November 15, 2018
Extraordinarily sad that the same fate would befall Taylor Walker and partner Ellie as Belinda and Rory Sloane.
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) November 15, 2018
Our thoughts are with Taylor, Ellie and their families during this difficult time ❤️💙💛 #weflyasone
— Taylor Walker Fans (@TexWalkerFans) November 15, 2018
Omg i can't believe it! Totally speechless my heart breaks for tex walker and ellie!!! Rip beautiful angel
— chad soper (@thechadthecrows) November 15, 2018
rory sloane and taylor walker are two of the greatest loveliest guys I’ve ever met and would have made the best fathers and life is just so unfair
— 👸🏼 (@jensanackles) November 15, 2018
Awful awful news 💔
— 🇦🇺 Katie 🥂 (@ktdenise) November 15, 2018
Thoughts are with Taylor Walker and his partner Ellie in this difficult time. Bloody terrible news
— Lee Gaskin (@Lee_Gaskin1) November 15, 2018