Handley wins Rhinos Player of the Year Award
Winger Ash Handley has capped a fine individual season by being named Leeds Rhinos Player of the Year at the club’s annual awards dinner at Emerald Headingley.
Handley, who is the joint leading try scorer in Super League this season, is only the second winger to win the award in the modern era following on from Ryan Hall back in 2012. Handley has so far scored 22 tries this season having inherited the number five shirt from Hall this season. The 23-year-old was last week named in the Great Britain Performance squad for the tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in October and has been a stand out performer for Leeds this season. He has made more metres than any other Rhinos player with 3139 metres so far and produced 30 clean breaks.
Fellow winger Tom Briscoe was recognised by his team mates as he finished in runner up spot behind Handley in the voting whilst skipper Trent Merrin marked his first season at the club with a third place finish.
Konrad Hurrell topped off his first season at the Rhinos by winning the Kong Media Fans Player of the Year as he received most votes.
The Leeds Building Society Try of the Season went to Rhyse Martin for his effort against Catalans Dragons.
Youngster Harry Newman, who has amassed 22 appearances in his breakout season, was named the Yorkshire Evening Post Shooting Star having topped the paper’s readers poll. He was presented with his award by Rhinos fan and competition winner David Muhl.
Forward Sam Walters won the Chris Sanderson Memorial Trophy as the Academy Player of the Year having joined the club from Widnes Vikings this season.
The Clubman of the Year award went to Head Groundsman Ryan Golding. As well as leading his team on the renovation of the stadium pitch and maintenance of the training ground, Golding has also had to work around the constraints of the £45 million redevelopment of both stands that run alongside the stadium pitch.
There was also an emotional farewell on the night to the club’s two longest serving players; Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Carl Ablett, who will both retire at the end of the season. Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield paid tribute to his two former team mates who have enjoyed unparalleled success during their time at the club.