Saints move in for Hanley.
Saints officials have held secret talks in this country with the ex- Great Britain skipper and coach who has retired as a player with Australian club Balmain Tigers. Rugby League legend Hanley would be a massive coup for Saints who recently failed in a bold bid to entice highly rated John Kear from Sheffield Eagles.
The 37-year-old ex-Bradford, Wigan and Leeds star coached Great Britain in the 1994 Test series against Australia after making 36 appearances for his country.
Hanley has never enjoyed a smooth relationship with the media but that won't deter Saints who believe he could be the perfect choice to lead the Knowsley Road outfit back to the top.
St Helens chairman Tom Ellard last night, refused to confirm or deny talks had taken place at a motorway services on the M62, but said: "We are exploring every avenue to find the best man to replace Shaun when he leaves at the end of the season.
"Our options include looking to Australia and we are prepared to fly across the world to land the right candidate."
Hanley scored 428 tries in a brilliant career, picked up the prestigious Man of Steel award three times and received the MBE in 1990 for services to the game.
His 63 try tally for Wigan four years ago was the best since Huddersfield's Lionel Cooper in 1955.
Hanley lead Great Britain to a famous 8-4 victory in the first Test against Australia at Wembley in 1994 before the Kangaroos rallied to win the series 2-1.
Hanley quit as Great Britain boss in May 1995 with Phil Larder taking over before former Wigan star Andy Goodway was appointed to the top job last September.
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|Author:||Burke, David A.|
|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 14, 1998|
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