The Man of Steel goes to the league’s best player over the course of the season and they don’t have to play in the best team as we have seen with players from the bottom half winning the honour in 2011 and 2020 in the shape of Castleford Tigers duo Rangi Chase and Paul McShane.
So, here’s five players who finished in the bottom half of the table in 2022 who could claim the Man of Steel in 2023.
Matt Dufty – Warrington Wolves
Matt Dufty made a huge impact at Warrington Wolves in 2022 and has the pace and power to be a huge star for the Warrington Wolves. In a lot of ways, he like Jai Field and Field was very close to picking up the Man of Steel.
Jordan Abdull – Hull KR
A Man of Steel nominee in 2021, back to full fitness in 2023 he has all the means to pick up the huge award in 2023.
Mikey Lewis – Hull KR
Another Hull KR star, and another halfback too. There is surely a Man of Steel award in his future and in 2023 some more mesmeric tries could deliver that.
Jake Connor – Huddersfield Giants
Last year Jake Connor finished in the bottom half with Hull FC but now with the star studded Giants and potentially could be the key to them claiming silverware.
George Williams – Warrington Wolves
George Williams showed in the Rugby League World Cup why he is still one of the best halfbacks on the planet. If he can show that again in 2023, the Warrington star could land a huge individual honour.