Rhinos award winners named

Leeds held their end-of-season awards event at Headingley last night.

Winger Ash Handley was named Player of the Year after finishing as joint leading try scorer in Super League this season.

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 Fans Player of the Year award.

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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.

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.