Super League will introduce a new honour to be presented at the competition’s awards night on October 6.
The Spirit of Super League Award will recognise the players who go beyond their professional commitments and places a strong emphasis on sportsmanship.
The award, which is in partnership with law firm Ward Hadaway, will be presented at the new Super League Awards on October 6 at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.
Local media and the charity Rugby League Cares will compile the shortlist of players, with an expert panel deciding the winner.
Ellery Hanley, who is the chair of this year’s Man of Steel panel, commented: “Rugby league is a sport which is passionately supported by millions of people.
“The Spirit of Super League Award allows us to celebrate the players who are either selfless with their time and profile when giving back to the game, or demonstrate an extraordinary act of sportsmanship on the field.”