IT seems York City Knights will not be holding an end-of-season awards ceremony this year, presumably a knock-on effect of the off-field crisis enveloping the club and the uncertainty around it's future.

Either way, it's not good.

The annual event has more often than not been a grand affair and it seems unfair that the players and backroom staff of 2016 miss out on such recognition –- particularly so after the efforts and integrity they have shown this year and last, in somewhat trying off-field circumstances, all made worse by this week's news that they can't get promoted because of the ongoing ground issues.

This column is still keen to present The Press Player of the Year award as well as this season's Player of the Month accolades, to afford the team at least some small recognition, and we are hoping to organise an appropriate time and venue to do so.

To that end, we need to update the Player of the Year leaderboard following the last few matches – an update which has lifted Ed Smith onto the coattails of leader Jack Aldous.

Castleford loanee Brandon Westerman was our man of the match against London Skolars so picks up three player-of-the-year points to get onto the table.

Our second best pick that day was Brett Waller (2pts), who finally got onto the leaderboard too, and our third best Smith (1pt).

Kriss Brining was a clear man of the match (3pts) in the rearranged game against Doncaster, while the other spoils on what was a crazy night went to Mike Emmett (2pts) and Danny Nicklas (1pt).

At Keighley, the points winners were Smith (3pts), Emmett (2pts) and Adam Dent (1pt).

Two-time past former winner Aldous now has a one-point advantage over last year's joint-winner Smith, with Josh Tonks in striking distance too.

The Press Player of the Year leaderboard: Aldous 18pts, E Smith 17, Tonks 15, Applegarth 14, Brining 13, Carter 12, Saxton 12, Emmett 12, Nicklas 10, Wilkinson 9, Spiers 8, Presley 6, Morland 6, Turner 4, B Dent 3, Crowther 3, Craig 3, Robinson 3, Tyson-Wilson 3, Smeaton 3, Westerman 3, A Dent 2, Buchanan 2, Waller 2, Mallinder 1, Divorty 1, Haynes 1.

HEADING into play-offs, it's fair to say York's Championship One grand final success of 2010 was a pretty memorable one – Chris Thorman the on-field general and Ryan Esders frightening the life out of dangerman Neil Roden as the Knights played out former coach Dave Woods' game-plan to a tee to beat big favourites Oldham.

Anyway, one of the stars of that day, Wayne Reittie, is on the verge of a personal milestone.

The winger scored only five tries in his generally disappointing season at York but one came in that final when he came good when it mattered – a one-off standout display which effectively catapulted him into a career in the higher tier with Batley and Halifax.

He now needs just one more try to reach a century, with his 99 having been scored as follows: 19 for Doncaster (2008-2009), three for Hunslet (2009), five for York (2010), 25 for Halifax (2012-2014), 45 for Batley (2011 & 2014-2016) and two for Jamaica (2011).