Every Super League club’s Player of the Year for 2021

Drew Darbyshire
Sam Tomkins in action for Catalans

Sam Tomkins was named Steve Prescott Man of Steel in 2021

We’ve picked out every Super League club’s best player in 2021.

Castleford Tigers – Paul McShane

Paul McShane

It was another splendid season from Castleford’s Mr Consistent. The 32-year-old was named in the Steve Prescott Man of Steel in 2020 and followed it up with another fine season. He had an average metre gain of 9.28 in 2021. McShane won international honours at the end of the season, helping England beat France.

Catalans Dragons – Sam Tomkins

Sam Tomkins in action for Catalans

Tomkins was the best player in Super League in 2021, hence why he was named the Steve Prescott Man of Steel. The 32-year-old scored 10 tries and provided 20 assists in 19 appearances. He was at the heart of everything Catalans did in attack.

Huddersfield Giants – Luke Yates

Luke Yates

The Australian has produced some incredible stats since moving to Super League a couple of years ago. He was a standout forward for London Broncos and Salford before his move to the Giants. Yates averaged 40 tackles per game last season.

Hull FC – Jake Connor

Jake Connor

Connor was in fine form for Hull last season. The 27-year-old flourished at full-back and provided several man of the match performances. He scored six tries and came up with 22 assists in 16 appearances.

Hull KR – Jordan Abdull

Jordan Abdull

Abdull was sensational for Hull KR and led his side around the park brilliantly. The former Hull FC man came up with 13 assists in as many games and made 75 attacking kicks.

Leeds Rhinos – Kruise Leeming

Kruise Leeming

Leeming was a top performer for Richard Agar’s side throughout 2021. The former Huddersfield hooker made 23 appearances for the Rhinos, scoring 10 tries and providing 14 assists. He was also a hard worker in defence too, with 507 tackles to his name.

Leigh Centurions – James Bell

James Bell

The Scotland international was impressive for Leigh in both attack and defence. His performances were so good he earned a big move to champions St Helens. A classic ball playing loose forward, Bell is a very shrewd pick up for Saints.

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Salford Red Devils – Ken Sio

Ken Sio

The 31-year-old finished the 2021 season as Super League’s top try scorer. Sio scored 19 tries in as many games for the Red Devils. He had an average metre gain of 9.25.

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St Helens – Alex Walmsley

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The England international was unplayable at times. The 31-year-old made 325 carries, with an average gain of 8.19. Walmsley bust 73 tackles this season and was a real handful for opposition defences.

Wakefield Trinity – Joe Westerman

Joe Westerman

The 32-year-old was quality to watch for Wakefield last season. Westerman made 16 appearances for Trinity in 2021 and was man of the match in a number of games. He will return to Castleford ahead of next year.

Warrington Wolves – Gareth Widdop

Gareth Widdop

Widdop had a strong campaign for Warrington in his second season at the club. The England international scored 10 tries and came up with 13 assists in 17 games in 2021. He also bust 51 tackles.

Wigan Warriors – Jake Bibby

Jake Bibby

The former Salford man was an ever present for Wigan in 2021. He played in all 25 matches, scoring 13 tries. He also made 19 clean breaks, more than anyone else in Super League.

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