Leigh Centurions star Edwin Ipape has been crowned Betfred Championship Player of the Year in 2022.
Ipape has had a massive season for the Centurions helping the club to two trophies already in the shape of the 1895 Cup and the League Leaders’ Shield and he will be hoping to make it three from three on Sunday and earn a place in Super League.
Certainly a player who needs to be in Super League, Ipape has been a brilliant watch all season with great explosivity and should he make it to Super League with Leigh will be a great watch in the top tier and a single man highlights package.
A Papua New Guinea international he, alongside Leeds Rhinos star Rhyse Martin, will make them a great watch in the World Cup.
Ipape beat the brilliant Tee Ritson to the honour after he tormented defences all season causing links to begin with Super League Champions St Helens. Saints aren’t the only side rumoured to be interested and it’s likely we could see him in Super League in 2023.
Meanwhile, Joe Keyes formerly of Hull KR was also up for the honour after a brilliant season with Halifax.
Ipape’s teammate John Asiata was the other nominee for the award.
The Betfred League 1 Player of the Year went the way of Keighley captain Jack Miller who has spearheaded the Cougars’ promotion to the Championship this year.
Previously tonight, Barrow picked up awards for Championship Club of the Year whilst coach Paul Crarey grabbed Championship Coach of the Year. The Raiders were also nominated for Foundation of the Year but lost out to Sheffield Eagles.
Meanwhile, there was also a double win for Keighley in League 1.
They won the League 1 Club of the Year and Coach of the Year with Rhys Lovegrove picking up the honour after an outstanding season.
The Young Player of the Year awards meanwhile went to on loan Super League starlets with Huddersfield’s George Roby claiming the League 1 Young Player of the Year after a spell at Swinton. He beat Leon Ruan, who is expected to join Leeds in 2023, to the award.
Meanwhile, Wakefield’s Sam Eseh was crowned Championship Young Player of the Year after loan spells at Barrow and Featherstone.