Many people associated with Seagulls will be aware of the sad passing of life member Tom Searle yesterday.

Tom Searle is – and always will be – a club legend.

Arriving back from England in 1972 Tom made an immediate impact as captain-coach taking the team from wooden-spooners to the Grand Final in his first season.

It was the beginning of a relationship that saw the birth of not only many rugby league careers but friendships that have lasted to this day.

Tommy was not only a friend but a mentor who made a positive difference to the lives of so many in our community.

In recent weeks people had a glimpse into his influence on others when he hosted ‘The Lion’s Den’ connecting with other Seagulls legends who all were unstinting in their praise of the great man.

The Club will celebrate the life of Tommy at an appropriate time in the future.

We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his partner Helen, Carmel and their children Mike, Jodie and Nicole, his grandchildren Chandler, Nate, Jai and Mackenzie, as well as his extended family and close friends.

The Lion sleeps in eternal peace.