Castleford hooker named Man of Steel

Castleford Tigers hooker Paul McShane has been named the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel for the 2020 season.

He beat off competition from Wigan Warriors pair Bevan French and Liam Farrell, Saints fullback Lachlan Coote and Huddersfield halfback Aidan Sezer to claim the award.

McShane also adds his name to the list of players to have won it playing for the Tigers. This includes Daryl Clark, Luke Gale, Rangi Chase and Adrian Vowles.

He said: It hasn’t really sunk in yet and seems surreal, I am honoured that legends of our game think I’m worthy of this award.

“If it wasn’t for my teammates I wouldn’t have been near, at the end of the day I go out and play rugby for them, I want to do my best for them and for those guys wanting me to do well it means a lot.

“There have been some tough periods throughout the year with results not going our way, but the lads have been turning up and trying their hardest and they have helped me win this award.”

Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel Chairman Ellery Hanley MBE added: “The award deservedly goes to Paul McShane because he performs in every game he plays in.

“He is ‘Mr Dependable’ and everyone holds him in the highest regard.

“As a player, he consistently displays bravery, skill and athleticism.

“This is a man who wears his badge of honour in every action he delivers on the rugby league field.

“The phrase ‘actions speak louder than words’ fits Paul McShane perfectly.

“You only have to be in his company for three minutes to discover what a gentleman and first-class human being he is.

“We are so lucky to have him in our game.”

Full List of Awards Winners

Top Tacker- Michael Lawrence (Huddersfield Giants)

Top Try-Scorer- Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos)

Spirit of Super League- Rob Burrow and Mose Masoe

Young Player of the Year- Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos)

Coach of the Year- Adrian Lam (Wigan Warriors)

Man of Steel- Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)

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