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The NSWRL was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Parramatta forward Don Regan.

Regan was a respected, loved and admired figure in the Parramatta district who graduated from junior football in Liverpool to carve an impressive career with the Eels.

He spent five years in first grade and was knocking on the door of representative football but impaired vision restricted his playing career.

After his time at Parramatta he helped his local club at Liverpool firstly in the Parramatta A Grade competition and then when the Second Division competition commenced in 1963.

He coached and mentored countless teams, and his one year in the grade ranks in 1977 took the Eels’ Under 23s to a Grand Final only to lose to a Western Suburbs side coached by Roy Masters. Don’s two sons – James and Peter – were in that side along with some future Parramatta greats.

The NSWRL joins the Parramatta club and their junior league, as well as the Liverpool area in extending our sincere condolences to his family and friends.