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Lockyer's feats won't be matched: Henjak

By Steve Jancetic 27/06/2010 12:06:12 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak doubts Darren Lockyer's NRL record-breaking feats will ever be matched - at least not in his lifetime.

Lockyer added yet another line to what is shaping as one of the most imposing lists of achievements ever put together by an Australian sportsman let alone rugby league player, as he eclipsed Cronulla great Andrew Ettingshausen's feat of 328 games for the one NRL club in Saturday night's 10-6 win over Parramatta.

While Lockyer's standing amongst the greats of the game is already without question, the record also highlighted two traits commonly overlooked - those of loyalty and durability.

While luck plays a major part in the latter, the fact he has shunned the possibility of more lucrative options is all Lockyer, a factor Henjak admits sets him apart from the rest.

"I told our players last week that we mightn't see it in our lifetime with the way the salary cap is and the amount of money from other codes that are starting to attract our players away," Henjak said of the feat.

"He's been a tremendously loyal and durable player for the Broncos and we mightn't (see it again), not while we're around anyway."

Of active players, Parramatta veteran Nathan Hindmarsh is the closest to Lockyer on 273 games with the Eels, but even if Lockyer was to call it quits today, it's doubtful Hindmarsh would be able to overhaul the new mark.

Next on Lockyer's 'to-do' list is the overall record for premiership appearances, with the Broncos veteran sure to pass the record of 349 games jointly held by Steve Menzies and Terry Lamb sometime next season, barring serious injury.

"Right now I don't think about them too much - they come and they go - I'm just focused on the footy really," Lockyer said of his countless records at club, Origin and Test level.

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