BRODIE CROFT NOMINATED FOR STEVE PRESCOTT MBE MAN OF STEEL 2022

We’re delighted to announce Brodie Croft has been nominated for the 2022 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award. 

The 25-year-old joined the club from Brisbane Broncos last summer and has completely taken the Betfred Super League by storm. Forming a rock solid, but exciting spine with Ryan Brierley, Marc Sneyd and Andy Ackers, the half-back has been a driving force behind Salford’s run to the play-offs.

His 32 try contributions this season places him 6th in the Super League list, with some elite individual displays along the way.

Showing incredible amounts of consistency throughout, it is difficult to pick out one standout moment from his season, but Croft’s display against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan was dubbed a masterclass by fans and pundits alike.

Speaking after receiving his nomination, Croft has said: “I’m honoured and humbled to be in the running for the Man of Steel. I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside a special bunch of boys who make it a pleasure to come into the club everyday.

“I can’t thank the coaching staff enough for their belief in me, and the structures they’ve put in place to allow this team to play the way we have.

“And also to my family for always supporting me every step of my journey. Now for some unfinished business we have this season!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley also had this to say: “On behalf of everybody at the club, I am very proud of Brodie’s nomination. This award is so prestigious and for him to be stood on the podium is a credit to him – an incredible achievement.

“The most sincere compliment I could give him would be to say that he’s a fantastic role model to aspiring sportsmen, but he’s also a great person, who is an absolute privilege and honour to be involved with.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease added: “To have Brodie nominated for Super League Man of Steel award is testament to all the hard work, dedication and effort he has applied within the team and club as a whole this year.

“When I first spoke with Brodie and his agent, we talked about him getting back to enjoying his best rugby, finding the running game I knew he had within him and becoming a leader at the club – but most importantly, getting a smile back on his face.

“Brodie has certainly found all these features again, with the help of all the club’s players, who I know all enjoy what he brings to the team – and long may this continue. I think the whole of rugby league has admired the way Brodie and the team have performed this year.

“Best wishes to him and his family on awards night. In my view, he thoroughly deserves to be Super League’s Man of Steel!”

Croft’s nomination follows Head Coach, Paul Rowley’s shortlist for Super League Coach of the Year yesterday, with both awards set to be announced on the evening of September 19th.

Alongside Brodie, Wigan Warriors’ Jai Field and St.Helens’ Jack Welsby are also nominated for the award.

The Aussie will be hoping he and his team can replicate their form in the play-offs when Salford face Huddersfield Giants on Saturday. You can secure your tickets for the crunch clash HERE.

Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel revamped

Ellery Hanley MBE is to chair a panel of Rugby League greats in a radical revamp of the voting system to determine Super League’s most prestigious individual honour, the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel.
Hanley is the only man to have won the award three times – in 1985, 1987 and 1989 – since it was introduced in 1977, and renamed in 2014 in honour of Steve Prescott, the former St Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity full-back who fought such an inspirational battle after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The panel will consist of 21 former players and coaches including former Men of Steel, and boasting a combined total of 46 Championship or Grand Final wins, 41 Challenge Cup winners’ medals – and sharing the common distinction of having made more than 200 career appearances.
Hanley attended today’s official launch of the 2019 Betfred Super League season at Old Trafford, which will stage the 22nd Grand Final on Saturday October 12 – with full details of the panel to be unveiled next month.
A member of the panel will watch each Betfred Super League game in 2019 and award points to the three outstanding players: 3 points for their chosen man of the match, 2 for the runner-up, and 1 for the third-ranked player.
The scores will be made public every week from the first round of the season – which begins with the St Helens v Wigan blockbuster next Thursday night (January 31) – until Round 22 in mid-July. After that, the poll will be hidden until the Awards Ceremony in October. Further details of that event will be released throughout the 2019 Betfred Super League season.
Robert Elstone, the Super League Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to able to announce a new, refreshed voting system for the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award.
“Rugby League was a pioneer in introducing the Man of Steel title more than 40 years ago, recognising the importance of celebrating the players who give so much to make the sport special.
“Who better, in that regard, to chair our new panel than Ellery Hanley MBE? A true great of the game, whose name still resonates well beyond it, and who is held in complete respect by the modern generation of players.
“Ellery will lead a panel with outstanding credentials. Its unrivalled and extensive knowledge and experience will underpin the award’s credibility and by sharing the votes after each round, we will create interest and talkability all the way through to awards night. 
“We’d like to thank all of those involved in the new process and look forward to seeing the battle for the game’s ultimate individual award unfold over the course of the 2019 Betfred Super League season.”

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