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In total he spent around five years with the club, making 202 appearances and scoring 189 tries.
In his Wigan career, he won a World Club Championship, 4 Challenge Cup winners medals, 3 Championships, 1 Premiership, 4 John Player Trophy Winners medals and 4 Lancashire Cup winners medals.
In 1984–85, his last season with the club, Hanley became the first man to score more than 50 tries in a season since Alf Ellaby, and the first non-winger to reach this figure for 70 years.
For his achievements in the 1984–85 season, he was awarded the Man of Steel award, which is awarded to the player judged to have made the biggest impact in the season, as well as the First Division Player of the Year.
The third test was a triumph for Hanley and his Lions though as they defeated Australia for the first time in a test match since 5 November 1978, ending Australia's streak of 15 straight wins over Great Britain.
The Lions then defeated New Zealand 12–10 in Christchurch for their only test in NZ to finish the tour on a high note.
In 1989, Hanley helped the club reach the Challenge Cup Final, where they won a 27–0 victory over St Helens in front of a crowd of approximately 78,000 people at Wembley, the first time in Cup Final history at Wembley that a side had been held scoreless.
He played in Wigan's 1987 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Ellery Cuthwyn Hanley MBE (born 27 March 1961) is a British former professional rugby league footballer who played professionally from 1978 to 1997.
In 2007, he was voted the greatest British rugby league player of all time.
During his second season at Wigan he scored 63 tries playing at centre, stand-off and loose forward, an all-time record for a non-winger.
In the 1987 season, Hanley was awarded the Man of Steel award for being voted as the player who made the biggest impact during the season.