Adam Cuthbertson short-listed for Steve Prescott Man of Steel award
Last Updated: 23/09/15 3:28pm
Australian forward Adam Cuthbertson has been shortlisted for the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in his first season in Super League.
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The 30-year-old front rower, who qualifies to play for England through his Warrington-born father, has impressed since joining Leeds from Newcastle Knights 12 months ago.
Cuthbertson, who has set a new record for most offloads in Super League, is joined on the three-man short-list by his Rhinos team-mate Zak Hardaker and St Helens prop Alex Walmsley.
Former dual-code international Iestyn Harris was the last Leeds player to be crowned Man of Steel in 1998.
The award is presented to the player adjudged to have made the biggest impact on the season and chosen by a poll of every player in Super League, the results of which are considered by a specially-convened panel featuring a former Man of Steel, a current player and one representative each from the written and broadcast media.
The award has been going since 1977 and was last year renamed in memory of Steve Prescott, one of the game's most respected players who passed away in 2013 after a long and courageous battle against a rare form of stomach cancer.
The three nominees for Super League's young player of the year are Wigan duo Joe Burgess and George Williams and Warrington second rower Ben Currie.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on Monday, October 5, when the coach of the year will also be revealed.