St Helens prop Alex Walmsley heaped praise on team-mate Luke Thompson following his man of the match performance in the Super League Grand Final.
Thompson scooped the Harry Sunderland Trophy after making 27 carries and 42 tackles in a lung-busting 72 minute stint for the new champions.
When told Thompson describes Walmsley as his inspiration, the former Batley prop remarked: “He’s mine! What a player. 70 minutes straight. Unbelievable. He’s the best in the world.
“It’s such a privilege to play alongside him.
“I missed most of last year and to get back in front row with Thommo and he’s been a joy to play alongside.”
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Walmsley made an astonishing recovery from a broken neck to be part of the glorious St Helens team, and he admitted he wasn’t sure he would ever make it back to the pitch.
He added: “At times no, I had to make some tough decisions, there was a lot of doubt, and I think ultimately I knew I wasn’t done.
“There were some dark days, and to be back playing was unbelievable, to be back here at Old Trafford and winning the Grand Final is the pinnacle of my career.”