SAINTS prop Matty Lees is one of the five nominees for the Betfred Super League Young Player of the Year are out.

He is among the players have been shortlisted by the England Performance Unit.

The winner, who will be revealed at the Super League Awards evening on October 6, will be chosen by the rugby league media.

Lees, who came into the year off the back of a strong England Knights tour, has made significant progress in 2019.

A runner up in the young player of the year last term, Lees all action style and industry off the bench has been duly noted all year.

Sadly, he suffered a season ending perforated bowel injury the week before Wembley and has subsequently undergone successful surgery.

The other players nominated are Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers), who followed up his breakthrough season in 2018 with another solid year at Castleford. His efforts have been rewarded with selection to the England Elite Performance Squad.

Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos) has become a first team regular at Leeds this season and established himself as one of Super League's most exciting attacking talents. He has cemented his place in the England Knights squad for a second year.

Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos) finished 2018 as part of the England Academy team that defeated Australia 2-0. He has subsequently been selected for England Knights in 2019 and has made 20 Super League appearances for Leeds Rhinos this season.

Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors) played a leading role for England Academy versus Australia at the end of 2018. He has made great progress in 2019, and as an 18-year-old he has soon established himself as a regular at Wigan Warriors. He has made 20 appearances since making his debut earlier this season.