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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 22:02 GMT 23:02 UK
Sculthorpe scoops top award
Paul Sculthorpe won in 2001 and is again adjudged to have been the player to have had the biggest impact on Super League this season
Sculthorpe wins the award for the second year running
St Helens star Paul Sculthorpe has won Tetley's Super League Man of Steel award for the second consecutive year.

The loose forward collected his prize at the climax of the rugby league awards dinner in Manchester.

  Award winners
Man of Steel: Paul Sculthorpe
Coach: Neil Kelly
Young player: Richard Horne
Player's player: Adrian Lam
Referee: Russell Smith
Top try scorer: Dennis Moran
Most tackles: Malcolm Alker
Most metres gained: Terry O'Connor

The 25-year-old is expected to play a major role in Saturday's Grand Final against the reigning Super League champions the Bradford Bulls.

And Sculthorpe has pledged his long-term future to the Saints, signing a contract that keeps him at Knowsley Road until 2007.

The Man of Steel award, voted for by broadcasters and journalists, confirms his status as one of the greats of the modern game.

Ellery Hanley, considered by many to be the greatest player of the modern age, won the accolade three times in the 1980s.

Rugby League great Ellery Hanley won the award on three different occasions in the 1980's
Hanley domintated the award during the 80s

But Sculthorpe is the first player since the inception of the awards in 1977 to have won in consecutive years.

Sculthorpe dedicated his award to his St Helens team-mates.

"It's great to be the first person to win twice, but a lot of credit has got to go down to playing in a great team."

"It's enjoyable going to Saints. It's a big thing when you can say you enjoy going to work."

Sculthorpe's coach at St Helens feels that the best is still to come from his player.

"He's the best player in this country and, if you talk to any Australian, they rate him very highly," said Millward.

"If they picked a world team now, he could definitely put his hand up.

"I think you're still 12 months away from seeing the end product and that shows you how far he can go.

"He is one talented kid and it's great that he'll be here as long as I am.

Neil Kelly, who guided the Widnes Vikings to a mid-table position in their first Super League season, was named coach of the year.


Bulls 18-19 Saints

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