SPECIAL GUEST | Wheeler returns!!

SPECIAL GUEST | Wheeler returns!!

It was an accident that shook the Wheeler family, Glenn’s friends and supporters and all Sharks fans who had been entertained and inspired by his pre-game rantings in his role of game-day ground announcer.

Glenn Wheeler was the face and the voice of Sharks game day, inciting enthusiastic support from all at Shark Park over a long period of time.

While his expanding media commitments had meant Wheeler had hung up the microphone on game day, his support his beloved Sharks remained through his radio and television appearances.

But Glenn’s world and that of those closest to him came crashing down when he was struck while riding his motor scooter by a driver later charged with negligent driving and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The driver, who was later found to be under the influence of drugs, had failed to stop and give way at an intersection in Woolooware back in late January 2015.

Suffering serious head trauma, Glenn would spend an extended period of time in hospital and continues his long recovery from the horrible injuries caused by the accident.

However now home and in much better health and returning to the effervescent character known and loved by all, Glenn Wheeler is set for a return to his second home, that being the home of the Sharks at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

The Sharks don’t intend putting him to work later today, so he wont be spruiking his special brand of encouragement from the centre of the field, rather they just want him to enjoy the derby and be a part of what is expected to be a large crowd cheering the Cronulla side on.

Glenn was surprised by Head Coach Shane Flanagan and NRL squad member Luke Lewis at his Caringbah home during the week, where he was presented a 2016 Sharks jersey and a couple of tickets to Sunday’s big game.

His response was typical Glenn Wheeler, loud and parochial as he sought assurances from his two guests that the Sharks would beat their traditional enemies and give him a happy homecoming.

With Glenn Wheeler, a much-loved member of the Sutherland Shire community and a Shark through and through, in the crowd cheering them on and he might even make a brief return to the field just to say g’dayit might be just the ‘one-percenter’ coaches talk about and teams, that makes all the difference on Sunday afternoon.

The Glenn Wheeler tribute will be a part of pre-match festivities, with the Sharks v Dragons match scheduled to kick off at 4.00pm.

With a large crowd expected fans are encouraged to arrive at Southern Cross Group Stadium early and to also take advantage of integrated ticketing and free train travel with a match-day ticket.

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