Three Australians in their first full season in Super League are on the five-strong shortlist for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel.
Blake Austin (Warrington), Lachlan Coote (St Helens) and Jackson Hastings (Salford) are all in line for the most prestigious individual award in Super League, along with Castleford prop Liam Watts and Wigan stand-off George Williams.
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When voting went behind closed doors after round 22, Austin and Hastings were tied for the lead and since then Austin has played only twice due to injury.
Selection panel chairman Ellery Hanley, the only player to win three Man of Steel awards, said: “The panelists have been lucky to have witnessed first-hand some exceptional performances this season.
“The five guys in contention have been pivotal to their team’s success and for that they deserve recognition for outstanding seasons but only one person can win.”