Saints winger Tommy Makinson has been named as the 2018 Golden Boot winner.
The award recognises the very best performances in international rugby league in the period ‘including and from the final of RLWC 2017 up to the recent second international game between England and New Zealand’.
According to the RLIF: “Makinson has produced three excellent displays, scoring tries in Denver and Liverpool, creating tries at Hull and throughout he has been immense in defence.”
Tommy scored a hat-trick in the win over the Kiwis at the weekend to add to his try on debut at the mid season test in Denver.
He beat Australian captain James Tedesco, Kiwi skipper Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Elliott Whitehead to the award and is only the fifth Englishman to win the accolade.
Ellery Hanley, Garry Schofield, Andy Farrell and Kevin Sinfield have also won the Golden Boot.
“This is a great night for me and I have to thank a lot of people,” Tommy said. “Wayne Bennett originally put me in the squad for Denver and I thought that perhaps that would have been it.
“I got the chance to play and then worked hard throughout the course of the season to push for a starting spot.
“To play in game one of this series was great and I’d like to think I have kicked on from there. Wayne and the England staff helped make that happen, but a lot of credit has to go to my family, a lot of people around me and the great people at the club too.
“You see a lot of fantastic wingers in the world so to be up there amongst them means a lot. This is a special night for me.”
“It means so much to me after all the hard work I’ve put in.”
— England Rugby League (@England_RL) 7 November 2018