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Former Socceroo and S.League legend Darren Stewart passes away at 52

Former Socceroo and S.League coach Darren Stewart has passed away at the age of 52.

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News filtered through on Thursday night that the well-respected coach had died and it was confirmed on Friday morning.

His last job was as Maldives national team coach, having forged a successful career in the S.League.

Stewart started his playing career as a defender with Newcastle Rosebud before going on to play for APIA Leichhardt. His big break came at Newcastle Breakers where he won his first international cap for the Australian national team. He went on to make three appearances for the Socceroos.