Leigh and Papua New Guinea star Edwin Ipape favourite to win 2023 Super League Man of Steel

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Leigh and Papua New Guinea hooker Edwin Ipape has been named favourite to win the 2023 Super League Man of Steel award with bookmakers SkyBet

Ipape, 24, was recognised for his outstanding debut season with Leigh winning the Championship Player of the Year award in 2022. He later represented his home nation at the delayed 2021 World Cup tournament, and was included in the Men’s Team of the Tournament.

The hooker enjoyed a fine first year in England with the now newly-rebranded Leopards, scoring 23 tries in 27 appearances. He is the favourite to win the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award at 12/1.

Brodie Croft won the title last season, having seen off competition from Jai Field and Jack Welsby to be crowned the best player in Super League.

The Salford half-back is priced at 20/1 to win the trophy for the second successive season.

Leeds’ Aidan Sezer is within the mix to win the trophy, priced at 16/1 as joint-second favourite alongside Wigan’s Bevan French.

George Williams, Welsby, Field and Jonny Lomax are also priced at the same odds.

Despite being limited to just 13 appearances in 2022 due to injury, Jordan Abdull is amongst those priced at 16/1. Hull’s new NRL recruit Jake Clifford is also up there to win it in his debut season in Super League.

Having won the Man of Steel award in 2021, Catalans full-back and England captain Sam Tomkins is priced at 33/1.

More Man of Steel odds

St Helens’ Alex Walmsley holds the best odds for a forward at 25/1 – the next best is team-mate Morgan Knowles at 33/1. Entering a record-breaking 20th season in 2023, James Roby is priced at 25/1.

2020 winner Paul McShane holds odds of 25/1 – the same as Tui Lolohea, Jake Trueman, Josh Drinkwater, Harry Smith, Mikey Lewis and Kruise Leeming.

Odds

Edwin Ipape – 12/1

Aidan Sezer – 16/1

Bevan French – 16/1

George Williams – 16/1

Jack Welsby – 16/1

Jai Field – 16

Jake Clifford – 16/1

Jonny Lomax – 16/1

Jordan Abdull – 16/1

Brodie Croft – 20/1

Jake Connor – 20/1

Matt Dufty – 20/1

Mitchell Pearce – 20/1

Alex Walmsley – 25/1

Blake Austin – 25/1

Harry Smith – 25/1

James Roby – 25/1

Jacob Miller – 33/1

Cade Cust – 33/1

Andy Ackers – 40/1

Richie Myler – 40/1

Zak Hardaker – 40/1

Lachlan Lam – 50/1

March Sneyd – 50/1

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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