The NSW Rugby League sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Parramatta and Cronulla representative John McMartin who sadly passed away today.

McMartin played with the Eels from 1967 to 1975 before linking with the Sharks in 1976 where he finished his career in 1979. He represented NSW in 1975, also lining up for City Firsts in his final year at Parramatta. He was a life member of New South Wales Rugby League.

The twin brother of Mal, John was a highly-consistent hooker and was an integral member of the Cronulla side which won its way through to the finals series in 1978. He played in the 1978 drawn decider against Manly but was ruled out of the replay through injury.

“We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of a fantastic footballer and an even better man off the field,” NSWRL CEO David Trodden said.

“It’s always a dark day when we lose a member of the NSWRL family. As both a True Blue and Life Member of NSWRL, John made an enormous contribution to our organisation. His contribution to our tertiary competition is a particular legacy which he leaves. On behalf of everyone at the NSWRL I pass on my condolences to John’s family on their loss.”