The former Queensland Maroons Origin rep and North Queensland Cowboys star, Hannay was signed to the Cronulla Sharks by previous coach Stuart Raper. When Ricky Stuart arrived, he didn’t have Hannay in his plans and pushed the rangy centre out of reserve grade and into the park football ranks.
To not even allow Josh Hannay to play reserve grade was an outrage. So moves this week by Greg Pierce at the Sharks to allow Hannay to move on are welcomed; and take some of the stench away from the ugly saga that took place.
To his credit, Josh Hannay refused to complain throughout the ordeal. He took it all in his stride and deserves a good deal moving forward.
It would be a shame to lose Hannay from the NRL, at only 27 years old – he still has plenty to offer and is an exciting player to watch. Someone like Hannay would be an ideal fit for the struggling Panthers or Dragons – as he adds plenty of experience and stability to an NRL side.