Melbourne Storm offers its deepest sympathies to Phil Walsh’s family, friends, the Adelaide FC and his colleagues.

The Club joins the AFL community in paying tribute to Walsh, who was a friend of Melbourne Storm.

Storm coaching staff first met Walsh in 2014 when they visited Port Adelaide FC, where he was an assistant coach at the time. A relationship between the clubs continued throughout the season as both clubs pushed towards the finals in their respective competitions.

In January this year, after Walsh became senior coach of Adelaide Crows, he travelled to Melbourne with his newly appointed leadership group to meet Storm’s leaders and coach Craig Bellamy.

Melbourne Storm captain, Cameron Smith, spoke of that meeting this morning while in Origin camp with Queensland.

"He was just there really to pick our brains. He had a younger leadership group, a new captain in Taylor Walker. Those guys came over to talk to us, to see how we go about things on the training paddock and how we handle our squad and values we have as leaders,"

"He was a pretty impressive guy. You could see that he was doing some wonderful things for that club as a first-year coach there. He had a lot of respect from the players."

Melbourne’s Storm’s thoughts and prayers are with all at Adelaide FC, his family and friends and his past clubs.