Former Penrith Panthers centre Terry Quinn passes away aged 68

Terry Quinn in 2018. Photo: NRL Images.
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Former Penrith centre Terry Quinn, credited as Panther 110, has passed away.

Quinn formed a strong partnership with Ross Gigg at the Panthers in the mid-1970s. He played 60 first grade games for the club.

After making two appearances in the 1974 season, Quinn became a consistent first grader in the following three years, playing 15 games in 1975, 18 in 1976 and a further 21 in 1977. He played four games in his final year with the club in 1978.

He made his first grade debut with Penrith on July 28, 1974 in a 12-6 loss to North Sydney at North Sydney Oval.

That same year, he was part of Penrith’s Amco Cup team that was famously upset 6-2 by Western Division in the Final.

After his playing days Quinn became a renowned rugby league administrator.

He was the CEO of Country Rugby League, as well as director of the Australian Rugby League and the New South Wales Rugby League.

“Terry was a conscientious and professional contributor to the sport,” said ARLC Chairman, Peter V’landys.

“Overall his service and legacy spanned more than 50 years as a player and administrator.

“As a player he was a member of the Penrith Panthers team which played Western Division in the famous Amco Cup Final in 1974.

“As an administrator Terry was as passionate as they come and was enormously well respected. He will be missed.”

NSWRL Head of Football Robert Lowrie said on a personal level Quinn was a man who cared about those around him, particularly his staff.

“He was an outgoing and confident bloke who loved doing a job well. And he encouraged others to do the same,” Lowrie said.

“He was always the first one to check on his staff and offer encouragement.”

Quinn had been suffering with illness for some time and passed away earlier today. He was 68.

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