The rugby league community is mourning the loss of a “beautiful soul” after Liam Hampson died while on an end of season trip in Spain.

The Redcliffe Queensland Cup hooker had been in Europe for several weeks with a group of NRL players including Gold Coast star AJ Brimson and Brisbane’s Jordan Riki and Jesse Arthars.

Concerns were first raised for the 24-year-old when Arthars and others posted on social media that he had not been seen for 24 hours after last being spotted at the Sala Apollo nightclub.

Barcelona police confirmed to 7 News on Thursday morning AEDT that a body believed to be that of Hampson was found on a nightclub floor, after a fall from a substantial height.

“Waking up to the news no one wants to hear, we are devastated to find out that Liam had an accident and sadly has not survived,” his father wrote

Earlier, Arthars had posted that Hampson had not been seen since 4:30am on 18 October, wearing a black T-shirt and beige shorts.

Hampson had played four years in the Queensland Cup, moving from Tweed Head Seagulls to Redcliffe at the end of 2021.

He came off the bench in last month’s Queensland Cup grand final loss to Norths Devils, and was in a position to impress Wayne Bennett and the NRL’s 17th franchise at the Dolphins.