On this Day – 5th December

On this day in 1993 Phil Hassan made his debut for Leeds against Sheffield. Phil joined Leeds from Wigan based amateur club St Paul’s.

ON THIS DAY in 1993 Phil Hassan made his debut for Leeds against Sheffield. Phil joined Leeds from Wigan based amateur club St Paul’s. Whilst with Leeds he played against his home town club in the crushing Premiership Trophy Final of 1995.

He was a regular in the Leeds first team squad over the next three seasons but his big break came at the start of Super League when he made 24 appearances and scored four tries.

He established himself in the Rhinos first team and kicked on the following season, missing only one game and scoring 11 tries, including a spectacular long range try in both games against Salford that season.

In total, Phil played 71 times for Leeds scoring 16 tries, however the arrival of Brad Godden meant there was no place for Hassan at Headingley. At the end of the 1997 season Phil moved on from Leeds and switched codes to play rugby union with Worcester.

He returned to rugby league with Salford City Reds before joining Halifax in 2000. At the end of the 2001 season he was released by the Blue Sox and again switched codes to join Fylde RUFC. However, in April 2002 he joined Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.