'Way too young': AFL rocked by tragic death of Quenton Leach

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Quenton Leach in action for Fremantle in 2018. (Image: Tony Feder/ALLSPORT)

The AFL world is mourning the death of former Fremantle player Quenton Leach.

An inaugural Fremantle squad member, Leach died after a battle with cancer on Monday.

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Leach, who was 47, played in the WA club's first AFL game and made 56 senior appearances between 1995-1998.

He famously kicked a goal after the siren against Brisbane in round eight of the 1997 season to steer the Dockers to a thrilling five-point win at Subiaco Oval.

Leach was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016.

“I felt extremely fit and extremely good when I was diagnosed,” he said at the time.

“I never thought it would happen to me. It also happened when I was feeling strong and fit.”

Quenton Leach in action for Fremantle against West Coast in 1997. (Image: Allsport Australia/ALLSPORT)

AFL world mourns death of Quenton Leach

He was reportedly taken into palliative care this week and died on Monday afternoon.

Leach is survived by wife Shannan and three children.

Former West Coast captain John Worsfold, who crossed paths with Leach in four Western Derby matches, was among the leading football figures to pay tribute to the former Docker on Wednesday.

“It's tragic for his family to lose a young husband and father,” Worsfold said.

“He was a wonderful footballer and had a really strong career with Fremantle.”

with AAP