Man of Metal: Sam Tomkins of Catalans Dragons wins 2021 Steve Prescott award

Sam Tomkins has loved an excellent 2021 with Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons full-back Sam Tomkins has received the 2021 Steve Prescott Man of Metal award.

Tremendous League’s annual award is determined by factors accrued on a round-by-round foundation throughout the season.

Tomkins joins Paul Sculthorpe and Andy Farrell in successful the award twice, having claimed it in 2012 throughout his first spell with Wigan Warriors.

The 32-year-old will look to cap a positive season with victory in Saturday’s Grand Closing towards St Helens.

“It’s a large honour to obtain the Man of Metal award. It comes off the again of some nice staff performances and I really feel fortunate to be taking part in in an amazing staff at Catalans,” Tomkins mentioned.

He added: “It was a very long time in the past after I received it for the primary time. Somebody confirmed me some photos from the time, I used to be only a younger child having fun with taking part in rugby.

“I am at a really totally different stage of my life now. It means a bit bit extra to me as I do know I’ve not bought one other 10 years of taking part in the game.”

St Helens and England star Jodie Cunningham was named Girl of Metal.

Her Saints aspect haven’t misplaced a match all season and victory over Leeds Rhinos on Sunday would give them a treble of the Problem Cup, League Leaders’ Defend and Grand Closing this yr.

Sinfield honoured for fundraising

Among the many different winners have been Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield, who received the Loch Lomond Spirit of Tremendous League Award.

Sinfield ran seven marathons in seven days in December 2020 and raised £2.2m in help of former team-mate Rob Burrow, who resides with Motor Neurone Illness.

His efforts noticed him awarded an OBE within the Queen’s Birthday Honours for fundraising and providers to rugby league.

He ended his lengthy affiliation with the Rhinos earlier this yr to take up a training place with Premiership aspect Leicester Tigers.

‘Tomkins a wonderful chief of males’

England again Tomkins had been shortlisted for the award alongside Hull FC’s Jake Connor, St Helens’ Jonny Lomax, Warrington’s Gareth Widdop and Hull KR’s Jordan Abdull.

He assisted 20 tries and scored 10 himself as French aspect Catalans completed high of the desk within the common season to win the League Leaders’ Defend for the primary time.

He was additionally named the Rugby League Writers and Broadcasters Affiliation participant of the yr final month.

Ellery Hanley, who’s the one individual to be named Man of Metal thrice, mentioned Tomkins was a worthy winner of the prize.

“Typically in your life it’s a must to tip your hat and provides full reward and credit score to a person,” the Steve Prescott Man of Metal chairman mentioned.

“Watching his performances this season, he has established himself not solely as a marvellous rugby league participant, however a wonderful chief of males.

“He has illustrated all season the values and qualities you need all of your gamers to display in each recreation they take part in.”

Catalans coach Steve McNamara has been named coach of the yr because the Perpignan aspect look to assert a primary Grand Closing win.

Full checklist of awards:

  • High tackler – Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors)
  • High attempt Scorer – Ken Sio (Salford Crimson Devils)
  • The Loch Lomond Spirit of Tremendous League Award – Kevin Sinfield OBE
  • Younger participant of the 12 months – Jack Welsby (St Helens)
  • Coach of the 12 months – Steve McNamara (Catalans Dragons)
  • Steve Prescott MBE Man of Metal – Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons)
  • Girl of Metal – Jodie Cunningham (St Helens)

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