Manly coach Geoff Toovey has paid tribute to Sea Eagles youngster Jason Annear, who died in tragic circumstances over the weekend.
The body of the 21-year-old was found at the base of the headland between Queenscliff and Freshwater beaches on Sunday evening.
It's understood Annear plunged to his death early on Saturday morning, just hours after attending the Sea Eagles' presentation night at a nearby venue.
Annear was still in the suit he wore to the club's awards dinner.
Police are still trying to determine what happened to the young back-rower, with a belief he may have fallen while on his way home.
Toovey expressed his sadness at the news on Wednesday.
"Jason was a dedicated player and trainer, well liked by everyone in the squad," he said.
"He'd been in the Manly system for several years and will be greatly missed by everyone at the club.
"It's tragic to see the life of such a promising young player cut short."
Police have interviewed residents around the area where Annear was found as they prepare a report for the coroner.
Originally from the Central Coast, Annear joined the Sea Eagles at 16 playing for the club's junior sides.
He was part of Manly's NSW Cup squad in 2012 and was close to making his NRL debut in 2012.