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Tributes flow for Matt Rendell

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Tributes flow for Matt Rendell

Grant Thomas has paid tribute to the late Matt Rendell following his passing on Wednesday.

Rendell, who was affectionately known as ‘Bundy’, was Thomas’ assistant coach and tactician at St Kilda in the early 2000s and the pair also played together at Fitzroy in the 1980s.

As such, they shared a special bond.

Thomas spoke glowingly of the man who captained Fitzroy, won two best and fairests with the Lions, played with the Brisbane Bears and was a two-time All-Australian ruckman. He also played in the SANFL with West Torrens.

“He was an incredible footy person, but he was actually a better bloke,” Thomas said on SEN Breakfast.

“‘Bundy’ deeply, deeply loved it (footy). He was just an absolute gem of a bloke.”

Listen to Thomas’ chat with Garry and Tim below:

Kane Cornes touched on Rendell’s passing.

“What a contribution he made to the game of Australian football, firstly as a player, then as an assistant coach, as an excellent recruiter, and then as an enthralling and captivating media commentator,” Cornes said on SEN’s Sportsday.

“Our thoughts extend to the Rendell family and anyone who got to know and love Matty Rendell.”

Michelangelo Rucci and Kym Dillon, who were joined regularly by Rendell on SEN SA’s The Run Home, had some touching words for their beloved friend.

Dillon said: “Matty, we love you, and you’ll always be with us.”

Rucci said: “We express our gratitude to Matthew Rendell for all he did for us, all that he did for the game of Australian football.

“From the memories we have from when he was a young man starting out at West Torrens as a league footballer to the time he reached the VFL at Fitzroy.

“We will dearly miss Matt and we’re going to live with some great memories and great laughs we had with him.

“Our condolences, our thoughts to everyone of the Rendell family and every who has ever known Matthew Rendell, we have our thoughts with you as well.”

Robert Walls, who coached Rendell at both Fitzroy and Brisbane in the 1980s and 1990s, spoke on SEN’s Sportsday WA.

“It’s a very sad day,” Walls said.

“His life was pretty much dedicated to his family and football.

“He was the leader of that Fitzroy group through the early to mid 80s. He was the leader on and off the field.

“As the decades went by, he kept the boys together. We regularly catch up and enjoy each other’s company.

“It’s just too young at 64 to go.”

Listen to Walls below:

Read some tributes from the AFL community:

RIP Matt, a huge man with a huge heart.

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