The AFL community is in mourning after Essendon legend Merv Neagle was killed in a truck crash in New South Wales on Thursday morning.
Neagle, who was senior coach of Hume Football League club Walla, died when the B-double truck he was driving flipped at Tharbogang, north of country town Griffith.
The 54-year-old father of five lost control of the vehicle at around 10.20am and was pronounced dead by ambulance members at the scene.
Neagle, recruited from Wimmera Football League club Dimboola, was a member of the Bombers' 1984 premiership team during his 147 games for the club before moving to the Sydney Swans where he played 56 games.
Premiership team-mate and captain Terry Daniher said Windy Hill was in a state of shock.
"It's certainly a sad day and our condolences go out to the family on what is a very tough day for them," he said.
"All his close mates and his team-mates at the Essendon Football Club are shocked to hear the sad news.
"He was a terrific hard running player on the wing for us, who gave us his all and had the tenacity to run all day without a spell.
"He was a great mate who loved a beer and loved to be around his team-mates."He was just a good bloke."