Veivers can walk the hall of fame

Phil Veivers
Phil Veivers

EX Saints full back Phil Veivers has become the latest big name to be inducted into the Saints Past Players’ Association’s coveted Hall of Fame.

Popular Aussie Veivers, who was signed by Saints in 1984 at the same time as Mal Meninga, went on to play 381 games for the club - scoring 98 tries.

But the 47-year-old admits that when he first came over from Brisbane he only expected to stay for one year.

He told the Reporter: “At the time, as a young kid coming over from Australia I didn’t think I would last 12 months at Saints - never mind 12 years.

“But I worked really hard to hone my skills over the years and worked under plenty of different coaches and alongside lots of top quality players. That always helps.

“I had a good bond with the Saints fans from the outset and have lots of happy memories of my time there - I still see a few of my old teammates for a beer from time to time and don’t live too far away.”

For the first time ever this year the annual past players dinner was held at Liverpool/St Helens’ Moss Lane home, instead of Knowsley Road.

On a night compered by Ray French MBE, who had helped to negotiate Veivers’ transfer to Saints back in 1984, the Aussie stalwart became the 47th ex Saints player to be added to the Hall of Fame and was presented with a special mounted photo by Saints chairman Eamonn McManus.

Only Saints stars who have played at least 300 games for the club are eligible for the elite and much-prized award.

Veivers, now a coach at Salford City Reds, joined the likes of Duggie Greenall and Alex Murphy on the Hall of Fame roll of honour.

He added: “I was over the moon to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It was a bit of a shock, to be honest, because there were so many important people in the room. I guess I just assumed somebody else would be inducted before me!”