Wigan Warriors stand-off George Williams is one of five players named in the shortlist for the 2019 Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.
Five players are in contention to win the 2019 Man of Steel award. Here is the shortlist:
Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves)
Lachlan Coote (St Helens)
Jackson Hastings (Salford Red Devils)
Liam Watts (Castleford Tigers)
- George Williams (Wigan Warriors)
The winner will be announced at the Betfred Super League Awards at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, on Sunday 6th October.
A panel of expert judges, led by Ellery Hanley MBE, have been awarding points to the top three performers in every Betfred Super League game this season.
When voting ‘went dark’ after Round 22 – ie when scores for individual performances stopped being published – Austin and Hastings were tied for the lead.
But strong displays from a number of players in the closing stages of the season has left a stellar list of names in the hunt for the sport’s biggest individual accolade.
Hanley, the only player to win three Man of Steel awards, said: “The panellists have been lucky to have witnessed first-hand some exceptional performances this season.
“I have often watched games back before awarding points at the matches I’ve been judging and that has helped me appreciate even more the range of skill and determination of so many players.
“The five guys in contention have been pivotal to their team’s success this season and for that they deserve recognition.
“But only one person can win and we look forward to finding out who that is at the Super League Awards next month.”
Wigan forward Morgan Smithies is also in contention for an award on the evening, as the forward was named in the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year Award. Learn more HERE.
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