American football tributes to Jatinder Singh Dhesi

Jatinder Singh Dhesi, known as Jay Dhesi, in his Peterborough Saxons kit Jay Dhesi had aspirations to build on his American football coaching

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Teammates of an American footballer who died in a car crash on Sunday have paid tribute to a "wonderful friend".

Jatinder Singh Dhesi, known as Jay, was killed in a collision on the A6 in Northamptonshire along with his brother Balrik Singh Dhesi, 30.

The 23-year-old played for the Peterborough Saxons and coached Northampton University's side.

Saxons head coach Will White said: "He was a warrior - a lively lad, always smiling and happy about everything."

Mr White said he struck up a close relationship in the year or so since Mr Dhesi joined the Saxons, who play at the top level in England.

'Aspirations'

"We got really close," he said. "We talked all the time about football, it was a major part of his life.

"I was talking to him about 15 minutes before the accident about his aspirations and how he wanted to improve as a player and what he wanted to accomplish.

"He always wanted to learn and get better - he was like a sponge for soaking up knowledge and was always willing to help out the younger guys on the team."

Northampton University's American football team, Nemesis, paid tribute to a "vibrant player, passionate coach and a wonderful friend" via their Facebook page.

"We are left with this unfillable void," they added.

The brothers, both of Whitworth Way, Irthlingborough, died when their Vauxhall Tigra was involved in a collision with a Fiat which was travelling in the opposite direction at Burton Latimer.

The Fiat was being driven by a 27-year-old woman, who the police said sustained minor injuries along with a female passenger.

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