‘One of the greats’: Tributes flow after NRL player Troy Dargan passes away in tragic accident

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Canberra Raiders utility and former South Sydney Rabbitoh Troy Dargan has passed away at the age of 26.

The tragic news was released through a statement on social media from Aria Management Group, who Dargan was a client of.

Dargan’s management released a statement.Source: Supplied

The statement said that Dargan had died after a motorcycle accident in the Cook Islands, where he was holidaying.

“On behalf of the Dargan family, it is with a heavy heart that we share the news of TJ’s tragic passing over night [sic],” the statement read.

“He and his family were holidaying in the Cook Island where TJ was involved in a motorcycle accident. TJ was not only an @ariasportsgroup client but a long time friend and great mate.

“He is currently a Canberra Raider and formerly a member of the Manly Sea Eagles, Souths Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels. TJ is a beloved son to Troy and Wendy, loving brother to Tamalee and Korokai, and friend to many others.

“The family have asked for privacy at this very devastating time. TJ will he [sic] greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The Brisbane Broncos posted a tribute on ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter, to Dargan, while the Paramatta Eels said he was a “popular player and had a great connection with many of our junior players and staff”.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club we would like to send our thoughts to Troy’s family and friends at this difficult time,” the Eels said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a few NRL players — including some former teammates — also took to social media to pay their respects.

James Schiller, Reed Mahoney and Josh Schuster pay tribute.Source: FOX SPORTS

Dargan made his NRL debut with the Rabbitohs in 2020, playing two games for Souths that season.

The utility played six games for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in the NSW Cup in 2023 before signing a supplementary contract with the Raiders last month.

Dargan, who played 77 games in reserve grade across the NSW Cup and Queensland Cup, also had stints at the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels.

Dargan, who was of Cook Islander and Indigenous descent, also played two Test matches for the Cook Islands.

Troy Dargan is tackled by Luke Keary (left) and Still Tupouniua. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)Source: AAP
Troy Dargan a Brisbane Broncos training session in 2018. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVINGSource: AAP
Troy Dargan dodging past Gold Coast’s Morgan Boyle on his way to a try for the Eels in a trial game. Photo: EMMA MURRAYSource: Supplied
Troy Dargan played for the Norths Devils. Picture: Zak SimmondsSource: News Corp Australia

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