The nominations for this year's Co-operative Championships Awards have been confirmed.
Andy Kain and Liam Finn have been shortlisted in the Player of the Year category alongside Halifax captain Sean Penkywicz and Bob Beswick of Leigh Centurions while Featherstone’s Greg Worthington joins Leigh’s Ryan Brierley and Alex Walmsley of Batley Bulldogs in the running for the Young Player of the Year award.
Featherstone coach Daryl Powell is in contention for the Championship Coach of the Year award for a second consecutive year but will face stiff competition from John Kear of Batley, Halifax’s Karl Harrison and Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley.
In Championship One, the Player of the Year award will be contested by Liam Harrison of Barrow Raiders, Graeme Mattison of Workington Town and Doncaster’s Paul Cooke while the Young Player of the Year award will be chosen between Workington duo Dave Peterson and Elliott Miller along with Barrow’s Ryan Shaw.
The winners will be announced at the Co-operative Championships’ annual dinner which will be held in Leeds on Tuesday September 25.
The shortlists in full are as follows:
Co-operative Championship Coach of the Year: John Kear (Batley) Daryl Powell (Featherstone) Karl Harrison (Halifax) Paul Rowley (Leigh)
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