Geelong captain Joel Selwood today paid an emotional tribute to legendary club staffer Vic Fuller who unexpectedly passed away on Monday.
Fuller suffered a stroke and collapsed during a training session yesterday. He could not be revived, with training called off at the time as players were forced to head home.
The 79-year-old spent nearly 50 years at the club, which included a long-time role as a VFL team manager, while also having a daily presence at Geelong training sessions and featuring on match days.
An emotional Selwood pulled his playing group aside before today’s training session as the entire club held a moment of silence for Fuller.
“Guys, I just thought it was important that we all come together this morning,” Selwood said.
“Yesterday was very tough for a lot of people. He touched people in many different ways.
“He’ll live on in this footy club. He didn’t want things to be about him until it was about him, and he’ll be laughing all the way to heaven.”
Cats chief executive Brian Cook last night confirmed the news and admitted it was a “challenging day” for the club to go through.
“He collapsed right out front [of] the race. He had medical attention within 30 seconds. A defibrillator on him within a minute,” Cook said.
“It’s been a really challenging day for a lot of people, especially the senior players and the football staff who’ve worked with him for a long, long time, because Vic’s been around for 50 years.
“There’s been three grief counsellors engaging with our people.”
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