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The Sharks mourn the passing of former first grade player Paul Fisher who died in his Brisbane home after a long battle with Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

Brought to the Cronulla club from Brisbane in 1995 by then First Grade coach John Lang, Fisher was diagnosed with MND, a progressive, terminal neurological disease in August 2016.

Aged 51, He passed away peacefully in his Logan home on Monday alongside his wife Narelle and two sons Michael and Matthew.

A highly regarded player from the Brisbane area, Fisher featured in local representative teams before signing a contract with the Logan City Scorpions as a 20-year-old.

In 1992 he was coached at the Brisbane Capitals by Paul Vautin, where he switched from half back to fullback, impressing to the extent Fisher earned selection in the QLD Residents team to play NSW as the curtain raiser to the third State of Origin match.

In 1994 his talent was recognised by Lang and Sharks Football Manager Shane Richardson, with Fisher making the journey from Queensland to the Sharks in 1995.

A knee injury curtailed his first season, with Fisher going on to play 76 games for the Cronulla club, nine of those in first grade, from 1995-1998.

The Great White's, the Sharks network of former players, coaches and officials, organised and attended the Taren Point Bowling Club in November of 2018, conducting a fundraising event in support of Fisher and his family.

The likes of Gavin Miller, Andrew Ettingshausen, David Peachey, David Hatch, Mitch Healey and a long list of other club legends and ex-teammates of Fisher came together for a friendly game of bowls and to raise funds to help ease the financial burden on his family.

A funeral for Paul will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 24 at ECO Memorial Park, 21 Quinns Hill Road West, Stapylton, Qld. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.