Castleford Tigers scrum-half Luke Gale has been named the 2017 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel.
Gale has been in the best form of his career this year, most recently in the Betfred Super League semi-final against St Helens where he clinched the win for the Tigers with a golden point drop-goal in extra time, 16 days after emergency surgery to remove his appendix.
Shortlisted alongside team-mate Zak Hardaker and Hull FC stand-off Albert Kelly, the 29-year-old England international has been influential in leading Castleford to their first Grand Final, scoring over 300 points throughout the season. He received the prestigious award for being the stand-out performer in 2017 at the Betfred Super League Man of Steel dinner held at the Monastery in Manchester.
Gale secured the award following a ballot of all Super League players and beat team-mate Hardaker who finished in second place by 32 points.
- Hit man – Danny Houghton (Hull FC – 1123 tackles)
- Top metre maker – Alex Walmsley (St Helens – 4256 metres made)
- Top try-scorer – Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers – 38 tries)
- Top gun – Marc Sneyd (Hull FC – 89% conversion rate)
- Outstanding Contribution – Thomas Bosc, Chris Bridge, Rob Burrow, Eorl Crabtree, Gareth Ellis, Andy Lynch, Iafeta Palea’aesina, Leon Pryce
- Foundation of the Year – Wigan Warriors
- Betfred Super League Club of the Year – Castleford Tigers
- Betfred Super League Young Player of the Year – Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors)
- Betfred Super League Coach of the Year – Daryl Powell (Castleford Tigers)
- The Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel – Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers)
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