Son and grandson of boxers "Dealer" Wills. A Melbourne newspaper misspelt his grandfathers name as boxer "Dealer" Wells, and it remained that way in the papers. Harry says, “I had a talent scout take me to South Sydney at 18 – in 1951 – he knew my father as ‘Dealer’ Wells, so he introduced me to the club with that name, but I put my name down as Harry Wills for the trials. They sent me off to the grandstand to wait until my name was called and after about two or three games I was asked when I was playing. My recruiter went and asked 'when does young Harry Wells play?' And they looked up the names and said there’s no Harry Wells. He looked at the book and said you’ve got his name wrong its Harry Wells not Harry Wills – and from then on that was how it was.” Harry had been selected for New South Wales on the bench after a few good performances mid year while Graves and Woolfe were on representative duties, but returned to reserve grade upon their return. On the eve of the Grand Final Harry was called back into the 1951 Grand Final team after Cliff Smailles dislocated his elbow late in the season. Playing in his only Grand Final winning team. Harry went to represent Australia after leaving Souths and was named in the 100 ARL Rugby League players of the century.
Representative Qualification NSW Country South Sydney First Grade Debut 1951 Rd05 v Western Suburbs (18y 355d) Previous Clubs NSW Schoolboys (1946) Wollongong First Grade Premiership : Australian Championship : Tour M S R T G/A FG Pts : M S R T G/A FG Pts : M S R T G/A FG Pts 1951 6 6 - 3 - - 9 : 1 1 - 2 - - 6 : 3 2 (1) 2 - - 6 TOTAL 6 6 - 3 - - 9 : 1 1 - 2 - - 6 : 3 2 (1) 2 - - 6 SS FG 10 9 (1) 7 - - 21 Lower Grades Second Grade : Third Grade : Year M S I T G/A FG Pts : M S I T G/A FG Pts : 1951 10 10 - 3 1 - 11 : - - - - - - - TOTAL 10 10 - 3 1 - 11 : - - - - - - - South Sydney Senior(FG/RG/3G) Grade Career Premiership : All Matches M S R T G/A FG Pts : M S R T G/A FG Pts CAREER 16 16 - 6 1 - 20 : 20 19 (1) 10 1 - 32
Year Grade v Wk CHARGE never
Year Award 2007 - ARL Hall of Fame 2007 - ARL Team of the Decade (1950s - Wing) 2016 - Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Representative Honours at South Sydney
Year Pos Team Versus Match T G/A FG 1951 Res New South Wales v France 1st Match (Selected but DNP)
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