The Courier-Mail



Michael Han­cock was a foun­da­tion Bron­cos player in 1988 and now works at the club as a game and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer. Apart from two sea­sons play­ing in Eng­land, he has been with the Bron­cos his en­tire adult life. Af­ter star­ring for the Toowoomba Cly­des­dales in the Queens­land State Leagueas a 17-year-old, Han­cock was a one of the first play­ers signned to the fledg­ling Bron­cos. He joined the likes of Wally Lewis and Gene Miles, es­tab­lished Aus­tralian Test play­ers at the time. He played 274 games for the club and was a mem­ber of five of the six Bron­cos premier­ship teams, but it was not al­ways plain sail­ing. Along with other es­tab­lished stars, Han­cock was told by coach Wayne Ben­nett at the end of the 1995 that he was not guar­an­teed his first-grade spot for the fol­low­ing sea­son and he was free to leave if he so wished.

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