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Rugby league's Man of Steel to be announced on September 30
2:26pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Latest News
The winner of Rugby League’s most prized individual award, the Super League Man of Steel, will be announced at a gala dinner at Old Trafford, Manchester on Monday September 30.
The Man of Steel is the player deemed to have made the biggest impact on the Super League season and has been won by some of the sport’s most celebrated exponents since its inception in 1977.
The crowning of the Man of Steel will be the highlight of the Man of Steel dinner, which also features a number of presentations including the prestigious Super League Young Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Club of the Year awards.
Prior to 2011, the Man of Steel was decided exclusively by a media panel but in recent years the Man of Steel has been determined by a poll of every Super League player and the views of the competition’s stars will again be paramount in the selection of the 2013 winner.
In a slight change to the process, the votes of the players will now be considered by a specially convened Man of Steel Selection Panel before a winner is determined.
The five-man panel comprises two current Super League players nominated by the players’ association League13, representatives of the broadcast and print media and a retired former Man of Steel winner.
From the votes cast by the Super League players, a longlist of five names is considered by the panel who are asked to narrow the list down to a shortlist of three and select a winner.
“The new system brings together the best features of both Man of Steel selection processes and adds an important dimension by considering the views of a former Man of Steel winner,” said RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer.
“Every player in the competition will continue to play an important role in deciding who the Super League Man of Steel is and the new-look selection panel will ensure the award maintains its status as the prize every Rugby League player dreams of winning.”
The players involved on the selection panel have no club affiliation with any of the players on the long list. Details of the three-man shortlist will be revealed next week.