Tombides tribute unveiled at nib

A statue paying tribute to the late Dylan Tombides has been unveiled outside nib Stadium ahead of Thursday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Socceroos and Bangladesh in Perth.

Promising Australia youth international and West Ham junior Tombides, who hailed from Perth, passed away last year at the age of 20 after a battle with testicular cancer.

West Ham observed a minute's applause for the Aussie in April last year

WA Premier Colin Barnett was on hand alongside Dylan’s parents Tracy and Jim and brother Taylor, as well as about, 100 attendees as the statue was unveiled.

The Tombides family has started the DT38 Foundation which aims to provide testicular cancer support and awareness through education and opportunities. You can follow their work on Twitter @DylanTombides.

The statue is inscribed with the words “stands here as a symbol of inspiration, courage and determination”.

It replicates Tombides celebrating a goal at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup where he held up his shinguard reading ‘Happy Birthday Mum X’.

The statue is located on parkland behind the eastern grandstand at nib Stadium, with fans attending Thursday’s qualifier able to get a first-hand glimpse.