The Young Player of the Year award is a brilliant step in the right direction for any young player on the road to Super League stardom and Super League is awash with top youngsters at the minute.
So, here’s five players who could win the Young Player of the Year award in 2023.
Morgan Gannon – Leeds Rhinos
Not even 20 years old, but Morgan Gannon has already got two years worth of experience behind him. A tenacious player with skills enough for Rohan Smith to consider playing him in the halves in 2023.
Kai Pearce-Paul – Wigan Warriors
Already an England international and headed to the NRL in 2024, the departure of John Bateman has opened the door for the young second-row to play more and stand out even more than in the past. His offload game makes him a delight to watch.
Lewis Dodd – St Helens
He would likely have been in the mix last year if not for injury. Already an exciting halfback and a Grand Final winner, back in the St Helens team he could claim the Young Player of the Year.
Jack Welsby – St Helens
A three time Super League Champion and he doesn’t turn 22 until part way through the season. The two-time reigning winner of the award, he could make it three on the spin.
Will Pryce – Huddersfield Giants
Like Pearce-Paul, Will Pryce is headed to the NRL in 2024 but his last season in Super League could see him finish with a flourish and come away with the Young Player of the Year such is his attacking prowess and running game.