Geelong captain Joel Selwood today paid a moving tribute to legendary club staff member Vic Fuller, who died unexpectedly on Monday.
Fuller suffered a stroke and collapsed during a workout yesterday. It could not be relaunched as training was canceled at the time with the players being forced to return home.
The 79-year-old spent nearly 50 years at the club, which included a long-standing role as VFL team manager, while also attending daily Geelong training sessions and playing on match days. .
An emotional Selwood put his playgroup aside ahead of today’s training session as the whole club kept a moment of silence for Fuller.
“Guys, I just thought it was important that we all got together this morning,” Selwood said.
“Yesterday was very difficult for a lot of people. He touched people in different ways.
“He will live in this football club. He didn’t want things to be about him before it was about him, and he will laugh until heaven.
Cats general manager Brian Cook confirmed the news last night and admitted it was a “tough day” for the club.
“He collapsed right in front [of] the race. He received medical attention within 30 seconds. A defibrillator on him in a minute, ”Cook said.
“It was a very difficult day for a lot of people, especially the senior players and the football staff who worked with him for a very, very long time, because Vic has been around for 50 years.
“There have been three grief counselors who have engaged with our people.”
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