Moon rises to claim Rhinos player of the year title
Leeds Rhinos star Joel Moon became the first ever overseas player to win the club’s Player of the Year award after picking up the award at a black tie dinner sponsored by Grosvenor Casinos at Headingley Carnegie.
Moon, who is the Rhinos leading try scorer this season in all competitions, pipped Matt Parcell to the top award with Stevie Ward named in third place.
There was consolation for hooker Parcell in his debut season at the club when he was named the Cravendale Fans Player of the Year, polling a remarkable 49.1% off the online vote.
Full backs Jack Walker and Ashton Golding were both winners on the night. Walker collected the Chris Sanderson Memorial Trophy as the Academy Player of the Year, sponsored by Leeds Beckett University, whilst Ashton Golding received the majority of votes from Yorkshire Evening Post readers to collect the YEP Shooting Star award as the best young first team player.
Head of Customer Experience Sian Jones was a popular choice for the Clubman of the Year award after her unstinting work at the club especially during a season that has seen the largest construction programme begin at Headingley Stadium since it opened in 1890.
The audience on the night had the chance to select the Leeds Building Society Try of the Season and they opted for Mitch Garbutt’s effort at Castleford Tigers.
There was also farewells on the evening to assistant coach Chris Plume and departing players Jordan Baldwinson, Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow.