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Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:52 am  

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Been chatting on the Wigan board (yeah I know), about S. Tomkins being the best RL player I've seen in my time.
Alot of them saying Hanley. I know he played for us too.
What are peoples memories, and how good was he for us as I never really saw him...
Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:24 pm  

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Best player this country has ever produced for me.
Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:33 pm  

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As a Stand Off or Loose Forwards, there were some things that he wasn't so good at, the cut out pass to the winger for example, but that didn't matter because he usually scored himself rather than put someone else in. He wasn't much of a team player but didn't need to be. Think of someone with the physical capability of Keith Senior and the mental capability of Jamie Peacock.

Ellery was as good a player as I've ever seen in 35 years of watching this sport.
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Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:43 pm  

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As a Stand Off or Loose Forwards, there were some things that he wasn't so good at, the cut out pass to the winger for example, but that didn't matter because he usually scored himself rather than put someone else in. He wasn't much of a team player but didn't need to be. Think of someone with the physical capability of Keith Senior and the mental capability of Jamie Peacock.

Ellery was as good a player as I've ever seen in 35 years of watching this sport.


What a player then. Would love to have seen him live....
Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:45 pm  

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When Hanley one the Golden Boot there were no complaints from the Aussie press or players. That says a lot. I imagine he would be neck and neck with Alex Murphy (I know there are many others) for the greatest GB player of all time.
Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:46 pm  

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Shabino wrote:
Been chatting on the Wigan board (yeah I know), about S. Tomkins being the best RL player I've seen in my time.
Alot of them saying Hanley. I know he played for us too.
What are peoples memories, and how good was he for us as I never really saw him...


Tomkins is/was a very good player but the best you've seen?
Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:09 pm  

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Tomkins is/was a very good player but the best you've seen?

Yeah. Easily since mid 90's that I've been watching. Has it all that lad.....
Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:16 pm  
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Tomkins indeed top ranking SL player but there are at least 20 players ahead of him in terms of best I've seen. He's never performed particularly well at international or NRL level.

Hanley is on a different universe to him, as he is most players. By far the best I've seen, even his time at Leeds was top quality.
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Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:42 pm  
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Ellery was in his 30s when Leeds signed him, had been through some serious injuries, was past his best and for me was still the best player ive ever seen play for us.

What he must have been like to watch week in week out in his prime at Wigan must have been absolutely incredible.

As Batley says he was limited in some aspects of his game, he only ever really ran to his right, he wasnt a great passer of the ball but he was so strong, athletic and for mental toughness couldnt be matched

Whether you played in a cup final or against Hunslet in a friendly Hanley was focused and ready to play. He would tackle for 80 mins and was a true match winner regularly.

In a 39-4 cup semi loss to Widnes one year, a total shambles of a performance, Hanley was magnificent. A couple of years later in 94 he won us a semi with 2 match winning tries v Saints.

When Dannatt broke his jaw at Hull Hanley was out for months, his 1st game back was against Saints at Knowsley Road. I remember thinking it will take time to get back into it. Leeds kicked off, Kevin Ward ran straight Hanley who dumped him on his backside. I remember thinking it didnt take him that long then. That was Ellery in a nutshell.

He was phenomenal every week. Just a true all time great. I believe i saw every game he played for Leeds and it was an honour to watch him.

Sam Tomkins in his prime was terrific, still good now. Hanley was different gravy tho. He was out of this world.
Re: Hanley Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:43 pm  

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