Shay Hickey...Let him play
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Shay Hickey is the greatest player in the history of Tasmanian football. Dispute it all you want, but there is magic in the feet of the little Hobartian genius that no other has ever had.
Talent alone isn’t enough to become Tasmania's best though, and Hickey's career has been full of sacrifice and hard work.
It is hard to find sufficient superlatives for him. He can do everything: control the game, slow it down, speed it up and, above all, win it. Ken Morton encouraged Walter Pless and Matthew Rhodes to not try to describe him because it was an impossible task and instead just to enjoy him: "Don't write about him," he said. "Watch him."
Dale Itchens, who coached him in 1996, reckons Hickey has an extra bone in his ankle: "The ball. It never seems to leave his foot."
"I don't think we'll ever see a player like him again," said one of his former coaches, Spinner Adkins. Josh Fielding insists that there is no point in counting him as human: he is, instead, an "extra-terrestrial".
"I don't want to even compare anyone else to him," Hugh Ludford once said. "Because it's not fair – on them."
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