Vale - Lance Thompson

The Sharks offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lance Thompson following his sudden passing last night.

Shark #392, Thompson, who aged 40, played 38 games for the Cronulla club from 2006-2008, joining the Sharks after a long and successful career at the St George Illawarra Dragons, one which included Grand Final appearances in 1996 and 1999.

Thompson debuted with the Dragons as a 17-year-old while still at Kingsgrove High School and would go on to play 239 games in the NRL over 14 seasons.

In 2007 while at the Sharks, Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury, before later that season being diagnosed with type one diabetes. He retired early in 2008 due to ongoing issues with his knee.

"The Club is deeply saddened by Lance's passing. He was loved and respected by all at the Club and our prayers and thoughts go out to his family," Sharks Football CEO Barry Russell said.

A local area resident with a successful business enterprise in the Sutherland Shire, Thompson was a close friend to many current and former Sharks players.

The Sharks will wear black armbands on Sunday and pay tribute to Thompson at the home game at Southern Cross Group Stadium against the Knights.