Newman makes history as he picks up Young Player of the Year award

Leeds's Harry Newman wins the Best Young Player award.

Leeds Rhinos centre Harry Newman has become only the fourth Leeds player in over 40 years to be named the Young Player of the Year after picking up the award in the Betfred Super League awards.

Newman was in impressive form until suffering a double leg break against Hull KR in September forcing him to miss the remaining seven games in the regular season as well as the Coral Challenge Cup win at Wembley.

In his twelve appearances, he racked up 901 minutes of action, two tries, averaging 133 metres per game for an impressive total average of 9.4m per carry.

It was Newman’s attacking prowess that caught the eye this season with 55 tackle breaks and 10 line breaks in total, ranking him third in the Rhinos overall attack on average over the course of the season only behind Konrad Hurrell and Ash Handley respectively.

The first Leeds winner of the Young Player of the Year was David Ward way back in 1977, the same year he also collected the inaugural Man of Steel title.

Leeds had to wait until 2001 for the next winner was Rob Burrow in his debut year before Zak Hardaker was named Super League’s Young Player of the Year in 2012, three years before he would gone on to lift the Man of Steel in 2015.