The Man of Steel is the greatest individual accolade in Super League, but just which five players have we predicted to win the award within the next decade?
There is no reason to doubt what Jack Welsby is capable of achieving in his career. At 20-years-old, he has already become a Saints legend for his Grand Final winning try, and his form has meant he is undoubtedly deserving of playing regular rugby league. He is clearly a versatile player who is capable of playing almost anywhere in the backs, and is already being tipped to reach the very top of the sport.
Despite being 26-years-old, Connor is yet to have properly bedded into a position. However, I believe his recent move to fullback, if made permanent, will see him reach the level everyone knows he is capable of. The position plays to his strengths, and allows him to come into the attacking line and play as freely as possible. He has also looked comfortable under a high ball so there is no reason he couldn’t become the best in the league in the coming years.
The quality of the tries scored by Tom Johnstone ensures that the winger is up there with the very best finishers to have played in England. For Johnstone to win a Man of Steel award, staying fit for enough games to keep him in contention will be the most important factor. Playing at Wakefield, he also has the advantage of being more likely to pick up Man of Steel points for good performances.
A former young player of the year, Trueman has a long career ahead of him after establishing himself as a regular Super League starter at the age of just 22. He clearly has parts of his game that need improving, but his raw talent is undeniable, and being so experienced at such a young age is invaluable for his hopes of becoming an elite level player.
At just 21 years of age, the Leeds centre has already received an England call-up. He suffered a nasty injury midway through 2020 which saw him sidelined for the remainder of the season, but Newman was starting to get into a very impressive run of form. At a club like Leeds Rhinos, and with so many years ahead of him, there is nothing to stop Newman from going right to the top.