2 – Mark Percival
Runner-up is one of Super League’s players of the year last season in Mark Percival.
The 23-year-old was hot stuff in 2017 and thrived all too well, especially when Justin Holbrook joined midway through the season.
Having scored over half of his 17 tries last season in such a period, Percival would later prove a key figure that almost guided the Saints back to Old Trafford.
Though in the end he was remembered for the wrong reasons, take nothing away from his performance prior as he was simple sensational.
Racking up statistics, such as 30 offloads, 32 clean breaks & 127 tackle busts (both highest for the club), 13 try assists and 2879 metres from 368 carries, this guy was just incredible.
Perhaps if it was not for his ending or if the Saints had achieved just slightly better than he may have finished higher.
But no despair at all, 2017 truly was his year and no doubt, there’s more to follow from him in 2018 as he and the Saints should return as one of the teams to beat.
1 – Michael Shenton
A controversial choice perhaps but finishing up in first place is Castleford Tigers skipper Michael Shenton.
And what a time it has been for him and the Tigers, guiding them to their greatest ever season of first place by bagging 50 points and proving nearly unstoppable.
This alone is enough to see him secure first place as he led the Tigers by example and they surprised all.
His particular highlights though include seven tries in his 28 appearances but also 19 assists.
Such assists helped team mate Greg Eden record history by being the primary supplier of his 41 tries in 2017.
Shenton has always been a danger for opposition, going by his strong running and his speed, but last season saw him at his best and there’s no reason why that should stop all of a sudden.
There may be pressure mounting on him but he’s been around for long enough now to shrug any off and lead Castleford back as contenders for more silverware.
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