On the back of the success of it’s maiden year in 2015, The 18th Man is delighted to announce that the Rugby League Fan Awards will return in 2016. With over 16,000 votes being cast last year, the committee is hoping to build on the fantastically well received event.
This year there will be 9 awards up for grabs. It was Rhinos star Adam Cuthbertson who claimed The Danny Jones Player of the Year Award back in 2015 after a dramatic vote-off with Luke Gale, with Andre Savelio amongst the other winners as he was chosen as the Young Player of the Year. Here are what awards are up for grabs this season:
- The Danny Jones Player of the Year Award (Adam Cuthbertson in 2015)
- The Young Player of the Year Award (Andre Savelio in 2015)
- The Coach of the Year Award (Brian McDermott in 2015)
- The Try of the Year Award (Jacob Miller vs Warrington in 2015)
- The Game of the Year Award (Castleford 25-24 St Helens in 2015)
- The Best New Overseas Recruit Award (Adam Cuthbertson in 2015)
- The Under the Radar Award (Alex Walmsley in 2015)
- The Fans of the Year Award (Hull KR in 2015)
- The Special Recognition Award (Keighley Cougars in 2015)
We are delighted that our Player of the Year Award will continue to be named in the memory of the late Danny Jones, after receiving permission to do so by the Keighley Cougars last year.
The committee this year will be made up of writers from The 18th Man who will make suggestions for each award in the next few weeks. The senior writers will then select the final 4 nominations for each award category.
This year, the only way for fans to vote for their winners in through polls on The 18th Man website. These will go live in October with a date for the final awards evening still to be finalised.
Make sue you follow @RLFA2016 for all the latest updates!