In 2005 Jordan Tansey, along with Danny Williams, Joe Walsh, Ashley Gibson and Jamie I'Anson was promoted from the under 18s squad to the under 21s. His story at the Rhinos began when he joined in 2000. However, it wasnít until 2005 that his peers began to really sit up and notice what a superstar in the making he was. That year he won Players Player of the Year thanks to his remarkable performances throughout the Under21 Academy season.
The first try Tansey scored for the under21s in 2005 came in a game against Keighley Cougars at Cougar Park. It came about from a scum where the ball ended up in Gareth Mortonís hands, who then broke the Keighley defence to somehow produced the ball to Jordan Tansey who in return ran 60 metres down field to score. This was the first of twenty-five tries that he would go onto score in that season, including two in the Senior Academy Grand Final.
It was March 2006 when Tansey made his first team debut for Leeds Rhinos. He came on as a substitute in the 58 Ė 10 win against the Catalans Dragons in the south of France. It wasnít just any old debut Ė it was a try scoring debut thanks to a pass in the in goal area by Rob Burrow in the seventh-sixth minute. He made eight more appearances after that debut including one man of the match display against Catalans Dragons later on in the season when he scored a brilliant hat-trick. This was all while he was helping the Senior Academy win the championship by contributing 9 tries and 13 goals in 16 appearances.
By 2007 Jordan Tansey cemented his place in the Leeds Rhinos first team and made twenty-three appearances. It was in this same year he was recognized by the fans thanks to been named Yorkshire Evening Post Shooting Star of the year. Itís not surprising considering how much of a busy year Jordan Tansey had due to appearing in the Academy numerous times during that season alongside his first team commitments. The highlight of that year was his try at the end of the Millennium Magic match against the Bradford Bulls (much talked about last weekend). It came about after a Kevin Sinfield penalty hit the goalpost, Tansey then collected the ball and pounced over for the match winning try, after the final hooter had sounded.
2008 turned out to be Jordan Tanseyís last season at Leeds. In that season he scored seven tries in twenty-one appearances for the Rhinos including an impressive hat-trick against Castleford Tigers late on in the season. This included an intercept on his own forty followed by a sixty metre run to the line and score under the post. Gareth Ellis then converted, his first and last Leeds conversion, between the sticks to make the final score that night 54 Ė 12 to the Rhinos.
The destination for 2009 was Sydney as The Roosters decided to sign Jordan Tansey on a two year deal. In his sort time there he made seven first team appearances and scored one try in a 38 Ė 6 loss against The Newcastle Knights. In all he was only on the winning side in one game out of seven with Sydney before he decided to leave early and sign for Hull FC. Throughout 2009 and 2010 he made a total of 32 appearances and registered a total of 44 points. In 2011 his contact was terminated for off-field problems and now he languishes without a club.
At 24, a lot of people are writing off Jordan Tanseys career, which isnít surprising considering how fickle some fans really are. On message boards Jordan Tansey, like many other players, has become a scrape goat for problems in society because heís better known than the rest of us. It angers me to the core when people say that Tansey isnít capable of holding down a top spot for a top club because he isnít talented or good enough. Heís been let down because of his actions off the field, and not on it. A fair few players in recent times have come back from off field mistakes, and if Tansey gets his act together then heíll join the likes of Greg Bird, Tim Smith and Todd Carney whoíve got a bit of dignity back by doing their talking on the field. I donít condone the actions of these players, but I donít like these actions be a factor in what happens on the field.
From me, all the best for the future Jordan and thanks for all youíve done for rugby league so far.
Finally, I just want to thank many sources including Wikipedia, Mathew Hortonís academy reports, RLPhotos, TheRhinos.co.uk, Pauls match reports and of course my readers. Without these I wouldnít have been able to put this article together.