He may not have been the player that is regarded as a superstar, but his impact on the game was felt nevertheless – as Jon Mannah, a former Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels prop, tragically passed away from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease, after a determined battle.
Jon, who is the younger brother of Eels prop, Tim Mannah, fought valiantly throughout his career, making a return to rugby league in 2011 that saw him play 12 games for the Cronulla Sharks, only to see cancer tragically strike again.
Jon was a Parramtta junior, with Sharks and Eels fans and officials alike all sending out their condolences, following Jon’s death at just 23.
Eels Chairman Roy Spagnolo was shocked by the news, especially as it was one of the Eels own.
“It’s tragic in any case to lose a young life, but it’s even more difficult when it’s one of our own,” said Spagnolo.
Shane Mattiske, the NRL’s Interim Chief Executive, also paid tribute to Mannah, labelling him an inspiration to all of those involved in rugby league.
â€œJonâ€™s courage and determination has been a source of inspiration for everyone in Rugby League,â€ NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said today.
â€œOur thoughts and prayers are with the Mannah family and with everyone who had the honour of being part of Jonâ€™s involvement with the game.â€