Former South Sydney first grade player and South Sydney junior, Greg Mackey, passed away yesterday at the age of 52 after a long battle with bowel cancer.

Mr Mackey, affectionately known as ‘Bluey’, was a Mascot Jets junior who went on to play four seasons of grade football with the Rabbitohs. He played 120 grade games including 32 first grade games between 1980 and 1983.

Mr Mackey also played 104 first grade games for the Illawarra Steelers between 1984 and 1988 and 14 first grade games for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 1989.

Mr Mackey also played with French club Paris Chattillion XIII in 1983-84, before going on to become a legend of the English competition, playing with Warrington across two stints, Hull and Huddersfield, winning the Harry Sunderland Medal for the player of the match in the premiership final in 1991, a match in which he was captain of the Hull side.

Amazingly, Mr Mackey played approximately 400 top level games on both sides of the planet throughout his 17 year career.

Mr Mackey is survived by his wife Amanda, three children, Kane, Ebony and Tom, and identical twin granddaughters Grace and Lillian.

From everyone connected with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Greg Mackey at this difficult time.