Tough year to spur on Han­ley

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

PEARCE Han­ley says a dif­fi­cult sea­son rid­dled with in­jury and fam­ily tragedy has made him a stronger per­son and ready to re­cap­ture his best form with the Gold Coast Suns.

Han­ley has bat­tled through a tough first year at the Suns that be­gan with the loss of his younger brother Tommy to can­cer in the open­ing stages of the sea­son be­fore heel and ham­string in­juries took hold upon his re­turn from Ire­land.

It pre­vented him be­ing able to pro­duce the foot­ball that made him a top re­cruit for the club last year when he was traded from the Bris­bane Lions.

“It has been dif­fi­cult,” Han­ley said af­ter play­ing an in­ter­rupted 10 games so far this sea­son.

“I have had a lot of stuff go wrong and on top of that I wanted to get my form back and then got in­jured.

“But the last few months I have had has only made me stronger as a per­son on and off the field.”

He said th­ese tri­als would mo­ti­vate him for next year.

Pearce Han­ley of the Suns.

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