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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 October, 2004, 21:53 GMT 22:53 UK
Farrell lands Man of Steel award
Farrell led Wigan to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final
Farrell led Wigan to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final
Wigan and Great Britain captain Andy Farrell has been named Man of Steel for the second time in his career.

The 29-year-old forward, who also won the award in 1996, beat Leeds stand-off Danny McGuire and Bradford winger Lesley Vainikolo to the accolade.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Manchester, Farrell described the accolade as "unbelievable".

He said: "Since I won it first time, it has been a goal to come back and win another. To win two is very special."

Farrell also thanked current Wigan coach Denis Betts and paid tribute to Mike Gregory who left the Warriors hot-seat in May to fight a neurological illness.

Wakefield's Shane McNally landed the Super League coach award after steering the Wildcats into the play-offs.

Full-back Shaun Briscoe was named Young Player of the Year in his first season for Hull following his move from Wigan.

Steve Ganson, who will be in charge of Saturday's Grand Final, was named referee of the year.

There were also awards for Richard Swain (Hull), who made most tackles in the season, and Michael Korkidas (Wakefield), who made the most metres in possession.




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