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York City Knights' Sam Scott scoops Player of the Year awards
SAM SCOTT was the big winner at York City Knights’ end-of-season awards dinner at the Park Inn hotel.
The 23-year-old back-rower was named The Press Player of the Year after topping our leaderboard, and he also scooped the prized Players’ Player of the Year award, as voted for by his peers.
Scott, who bagged four tries from 22 appearances this term, ended the season a clear winner in The Press standings, having added to his tally by being voted the Player of the Month for August by readers of this newspaper.
Jack Lee was also lauded last night as he was handed the new Coaches’ Player of the Year accolade.
The hooker, who ended the season as top scorer with 13 tries having also made the most appearances, with 28, had come second in The Press Player of the Year standings.
The Clubperson of the Year award was given to former boss Mick Cook.
He returned to the set-up two years ago as assistant to the then head coach Chris Thorman and continued at the club this year as assistant to under-20s boss James Ford.
Not only has he greatly aided the development of the Knights’ young guns, who have enjoyed a fine season in the U20s Championship, with a few cutting their teeth in first-grade, but it has also been revealed he gives his services for free and rarely misses a session.
Cook, a former Sheffield Eagles player of the year and an ex-coach at Leeds Rhinos and Sheffield, was in charge of York when they won the old National League Two in 2005.
The Knights’ Most Improved Player award went to one of the club’s young guns, hooker Kriss Brining, who has established himself in the first team at the age of 19, bagging five tries in 17 appearances.
There were no top try-scorer or top points-scorer awards this year, but the Try of the Year award went to Ben Johnston, for his touchdown – starting and finishing a 70-metre move – in the 42-10 home win over Doncaster on June 2.
The Knights also presented a special one-off Services to the Club award to Adam Sullivan, the prop who has hung up his boots after an 11-year career, eight of which were at Huntington Stadium.
The 30-year-old favourite, who played for York from 2004 to 2009 and again in 2012 and ‘13, made 171 appearances for the Knights – far more than anyone else since the club re-formed ahead of the 2003 season.
The three bonus The Press Player of the Year points gleaned as Player of the Month took Scott’s tally to 24 on the leaderboard, six clear of Lee, with Sullivan three points back in third, edging Jonny Presley on average marks through the season.
The points-winners from the season’s last game against Batley were man-of-the-match Ben Johnston (3), the in-form Ben Dent (2) and fellow winger George Elliott (1).
The Press Player of the Year final standings: Scott 24pts, Lee 18, Sullivan 15, Presley 15, Nicholson 13, Carr 12, Johnston 10, Aldous 10, Brown 9, Ford 8, Flockhart 8, J Latus 8, Dent 8, Briscoe 6, Mallinder 6, Elliott 4, Freer 4, Hadley 3, Lineham 3, Lyons 3, Pickets 3, Brining 2, Smith 2, Golden 2, Bowden 2, Potter 1, Kent 1, Stenchion 1.
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