Have to admit that I've shed a little tear watching all the Hastings coverage this week as the realisation has sunk in that the best player in a generation is about to quite possibly play the last game in a Salford shirt.
If there is ever a Jackson Hastings autobiography the Salford chapter simply must be titled Redemption!
Thought Dobson was great but slow at the end of his career, Fages good especially now he's matured.
Kent Gill, a stand off brilliant but lacked pace. Neil Baker had it all. Also never underestimate what Rob Lui did for Hastings, he played with Thurston and guided Hastings. Pity he's not there tomorrow, one one leg now and a bit overweight but still think he has it. We're missing him near the line. If he'd have had two good knees he'd have been a world beater.
Unfortunately I’m too young to have seen some of the greats mentioned in this thread although my dad does think Hastings compares well with a few.
I’ve seen some decent organisers and some good rugby brains but I’d say the only half backs I’ve seen that were borderline unplayable on their day were Hastings, Lui and Blakeley. Lui and Blakeley struggled for consistency though but Hastings looks dangerous every week - even on an off day he brings something to the team.
Blakeley always left that feeling that he could have kicked on another level. But then you look back at some of his performances like the 96 cup game against Wigan and think some people would give their right arm for just one game like that.