Republic of Ireland international Jayson Molumby has led the tributes to former Waterford United player Roy Butler, who has died aged 23 after a short illness.

Butler joined his local League of Ireland from Villa FC in 2014 and thrived in their underage setup.

The defender was voted Waterford United's Under-19 Player of the Season in 2015 before progressing to the first team, captaining the Blues under then manager Roddy Collins.

He had most recently been playing with Villa FC.

"Devastated," Molumby - who also started off at Villa FC - wrote on social media. "An unbelievably nice guy RIP Roy."

Waterford FC tweeted: "Roy's passion saw him give back to his club Villa FC as a player, coach and trusted clubman; a valued member of the local club.

"All at Waterford FC wishes to pass it's condolences to Roy's family, friends, and club and team mates. May He Rest in Peace."