Josh Hannay (born 11 January 1980 in Moranbah, Queensland) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and current assistant coach for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League (NRL). A Queensland State of Origin representative goal-kicking centre, he set the record for most points scored for the North Queensland Cowboys. Hannay also played for NRL club the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and also in the Super League for Welsh club the Crusaders.
|Full name||Joshua Hannay|
|Born||11 January 1980|
Moranbah, Queensland, Australia
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
Hannay was named to make his début at the age of 16 during the 1996 season; however, his selection was vetoed by the Australian Rugby League, as he was not 17 years of age at the end of the year. In 1998 he made his first grade début for the Cowboys. From 1998 to 2006 he was a regular first grade centre for the Cowboys and became the club's highest point-scorer. Hannay first played State of Origin football for Queensland in the 2003 State of Origin series. He kicked 2 goals from 3 attempts in the Cowboys' loss to the Wests Tigers in the 2005 NRL Grand Final. He was also named in the centres for the Maroons in game 3 of the 2006 State of Origin series.
Hannay signed to play for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2007 until the end of 2008. In 2007, after struggling for form in top grade and Premier League, both he and fellow Sharks recruit Brett Seymour were told they were not wanted in Premier League. Hannay then plied his trade for the Gymea Gorillas before signing with the Crusaders.
Josh Hannay was used mainly as a centre and goal-kicker for the Celtic Crusaders. In August 2009, Hannay, along with five team mates, were ordered to leave the United Kingdom after the UK Border Agency identified breaches of their visa conditions. Celtic Crusaders cancelled Hannay's contract with immediate effect.
In 2010 and 2011 Hannay played for the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup competition.
In 2012, Hannay captained/coached the Moranbah Miners to premiership success in the Mackay and Districts A-Grade Rugby League competition. In 2013, he retired from playing and solely focused on coaching Moranbah.
In 2014 Hannay was appointed head coach of the Souths Logans Magpie in the QRL's Intrust Super Cup competition. In 2016, Hannay was appointed QLD u18's coach.
- Most Goals In a Match: 2003 vs The Rabbitohs,10 Goals.
- Most Points In a Match: 2003 vs The Rabbitohs, 24 points, 1 Try 10 Goals.
- "Hannay - signs for the Crusaders". Sporting Life.com. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
- "Six Australian players to be deported over visa breaches". The Australian. 19 August 2009. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.