TRAGEDY OF RYAN TANDY

getimageRYAN Tandy’s former coach Jamie Feeney paid tribute to the uncompromising front-rower on Monday.

Feeney coached Tandy at the Central Coast Storm, before the Melbourne Storm called him up to play in the National Rugby League.

He said he was “shocked and saddened’’ to hear of Tandy’s death.

“He was a leader of our team,’’ Feeney recalled. “He was a little bit old school, that tough front-rower who wouldn’t take a backward step for anybody.’’

Tandy, 32, played his junior football with the Kincumber Colts, before moving on to play for St Edwards.

Kincumber club president Dennis Wagner was shocked by Tandy’s death.

“I spoke to him a couple of months ago and thought things were looking up for him,’’ Wagner said.

Police believe the most likely cause of Tandy’s death was an overdose of prescription drugs.

While Tandy was a known drug user, sources have claimed only prescription drugs were found near his body when he was discovered by his mother shortly before 2pm at her Saratoga home.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and is seen as a tragic end to a stormy life.

Tandy was never able to regain control of his life after he was banned from the NRL for match fixing in 2012.

Last year he was arrested for driving an unregistered car and possession of drugs.

In January he faced court charged with kidnapping a man over an alleged unpaid drug debt.

It was alleged Tandy was acting on orders from a bikie gang, for which he worked as a debt collector and standover man.

A police media spokesman issued a holding statement last night: “About 2pm today police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command were called to a home at Saratoga after reports a man had died. His death was not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.’’

Tandy was thrust into the headlines when he was accused of fixing a game involving Canterbury and North Queensland in August 2010. He was arrested in February 2011 and despite pleading not guilty, Tandy was found guilty of match fixing and banned for life from the NRL in 2012.

Evidence during his trial revealed that of the bets placed on the game’s firstscoring option with the TAB, 95 per cent were on the unusual, but more lucrative, choice of a penalty goal.

Minutes into the game Tandy failed to get off a ballrunner and was penalised.

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