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A close friend of Andrew Symonds has revealed how the former cricketer was a 'simple human who didn't give a f***- but the talented all-rounder did feel aggrieved after the poor handling of the 'Monkeygate' scandal by the Australia Cricket Board.
Steve Fitzsimmons, who himself carved out an impressive sporting career with the likes of Parramatta Power, Marconi and Gold Coast United in the old National Soccer League (NSL) and then the A-League, grew up with 'Roy' on the Glitter Strip.
The pair went to high school together at All Saints, and it didn't take long for Symonds - who died when his car veered off the road last month outside of Townsville - to become close mates.
Symonds' elite athletic ability was obvious, and Fitzsimmons recalled fondly how his friend was cut from a different cloth.
'We were 13, in art class, he already had a deal with (cricket brand) Duncan Fearnley and he was saying to me 'Fitzy, how does this signature look?,' Fitzsimmons told Fox Sports.
'He was just a cut above everyone else, everyone knew he was just on the path to greatness.'
Former NSL star soccer player