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Coote one of five Man of Steel contenders

In his debut season with the Saints, Lachlan Coote is one of five players in contention to win the 2019 Man of Steel award.

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Coote, who was recently named in the Super League Dream Team as well as being included in the Great Britain performance squad, has scored 16 times in 25 appearances this season, kicking a further 105 goals and assisting 22 times, whilst his defensive performances have drawn praise in his debut season at the Saints.

Coote joins Warrington’s Blake Austin, Salford’s Jackson Hastings, Castleford’s Liam Watts and Wigan’s George Williams in the contenders list with the winner announced at the Betfred Super League Awards at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, on October 6.

A panel of expert judges, led by Ellery Hanley MBE, have been awarding points to the top three performers in every Betfred Super League game this season.

When voting ‘went dark’ after round 22 – ie when scores for individual performances stopped being published – Austin and Hastings were tied for the lead.

But strong displays from a number of players in the closing stages of the season has left a stellar list of names in the hunt for the sport’s biggest individual accolade.

Hanley, the only player to win three Man of Steel awards, said: “The panellists have been lucky to have witnessed first-hand some exceptional performances this season.

“I have often watched games back before awarding points at the matches I’ve been judging and that has helped me appreciate even more the range of skill and determination of so many players.

“The five guys in contention have been pivotal to their team’s success this season and for that they deserve recognition.

“But only one person can win and we look forward to finding out who that is at the Super League Awards next month.”

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