Man Of Steel Winners
Started in 1977, the Man of Steel Award annually honours the outstanding player in the British game.
Originally voted on by members of the Rugby Football League press and, from 2008, by Super League players themselves, the award is club and country blind - the success of the player's club is irrelevant and winners include Welshmen, a Scot, Australians and two New Zealanders.
2011 - Rangi Chase, Castleford Tigers
The 25-year-old collected the sport’s most coveted individual honour at a gala presentation dinner at The Hilton Hotel, Manchester.
Chase was an outstanding figure for Castleford throughout 2011 and has been named in England’s train-on on squad for the Gillette Four Nations against New Zealand, Australia and Wales which starts later this month.
He secured the award, which is decided by a secret ballot of every Super League player, ahead of Wigan Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins and James Roby, the St Helens hooker.
A former Junior Kiwi, Chase joined Castleford from Australian club St George Illawarra in 2009 and last week signed a new contract that will keep him at the Tigers until the end of the 2015 season. He qualifies to play for England under the residency ruling, having lived and worked in the UK for the last three years.
Chase is only the second New Zealander to be named Man of Steel and the first since Dean Bell of Wigan was deemed to be the player who made the biggest impact on the 1992 season.
Previous Men Of Steel
2010 - Pat Richards, Wigan Warriors
2009 - Brett Hodgson, Huddersfield Giants
2008 - James Graham, St Helens
2007 - James Roby, St Helens
2006 - Paul Wellens, St Helens
2005 - Jamie Lyon, St Helens
2004 - Andrew Farrell, Wigan Warriors
2003 - Jamie Peacock, Bradford Bulls
2002 - Paul Sculthorpe, St Helens
2001 - Paul Sculthorpe, St Helens
2000 - Sean Long, St Helens
1999 - Adrian Vowles, Castleford Tigers
1998 - Iestyn Harris, Leeds Rhinos
1997 - James Lowes, Bradford Bulls
1996 - Andrew Farrel, Wigan Warriors
1995 - Denis Betts, Wigan
1994 - Jonathan Davies, Warrington
1993 - Andy Platt, Wigan
1992 - Dean Bell, Wigan
1991 - Garry Schofield, Leeds
1990 - Shaun Edwards, Wigan
1989 - Ellery Hanley, Wigan
1988 - Martin Offiah, Widnes
1987 - Ellery Hanley, Wigan
1986 - Gavin Miller, Hull Kingston Rovers
1985 - Ellery Hanley, Bradford Northern
1984 - Joe Lydon, Widnes
1983 - Allan Agar, Featherstone Rovers
1982 - Mick Morgan, Carlisle
1981 - Ken Kelly, Warrington
1980 - George Fairburn, Wigan
1979 - Doug Laughton, Widnes
1978 - George Nicholls, St Helens
1977 - David Ward, Leeds
3 - Ellery Hanley, Wigan & Bradford Northern
2 - Andrew Farrell, Wigan Warriors
2 - Paul Sculthorpe, St Helens
Winners by Club
10 - Wigan
8 - St Helens
3 - Leeds
3 - Bradford
3 - Widnes
2 - Warrington
1 - Castleford
1 - Hull KR
1 - Featherstone
1 - Carlisle