35. Vic Hey

In the mid-1980s, veteran league journalists Tom Goodman and George Crawford declared Vic Hey to be Australia's greatest ever five-eighth.

Playing at 86kg, Hey was both a mighty defender and a devastating attacking player. He could employ a sidestep or a swerve to evade the defence or, if necessary, use a crashing shoulder or hip to burst straight through it.

Born in Liverpool (NSW) in 1912, Hey played his first football on the SCG as a schoolboy in 1927.

He was graded with Wests in 1932 and a year later, in his initial season in first grade, was a late inclusion in the fourth Kangaroo squad, following an injury to Ernie Norman.

Just 21, Hey was a sensation on tour, playing in 26 of the 37 matches, including all three Tests.

Hey helped Wests to a premiership victory and then accepted an offer to join Toowoomba.

He played in the three Tests against England in 1936 and then, after half a season at Ipswich in 1937, accepted an offer of £1250 to join Leeds.

He stayed there for eight seasons, played also for Dewsbury and Hunslet, and earned a reputation as the most devastating five-eighth ever seen in England. He returned to Australia in 1948, joining the fledgling Parramatta club as captain-coach.

Hey coached Australia to Ashes victory over Great Britain in 1950 and 1954, and had later coaching stints at Canterbury and Wests.

Position: Five-eighth.

Clubs: Western Suburbs 1933–35; Toowoomba 1936; Ipswich 1937; Leeds 1937–44; Dewsbury 1944–47; Hunslet 1947; Parramatta 1948–49.

Club landmarks: Won premiership with Western Suburbs 1934; Won Challenge Cups with Leeds 1941–42.

Games for NSW: 11 (1933–35).

Games for Queensland: Four (1936).

Tests for Australia: Six (1933–36).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1933–34.