Castleford Tigers’ duo Hardaker and Gale battle for ‘Man of Steel’ award with Hull FC’s Kelly

IN THE RUNNING (from left): Zak Hardaker, Albert Kelly and Luke Gale.
IN THE RUNNING (from left): Zak Hardaker, Albert Kelly and Luke Gale.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS duo Luke Gale and Zak Hardaker have been shortlisted for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award, along with Hull FC’s Albert Kelly.

Hardaker could therefore win rugby league’s most prestigious individual award for the second time in three years after being Man of Steel back in 2015 when he was a Leeds Rhinos player.

The three-man shortlist has been drawn up from a poll of every Betfred Super League player and the winner will be announced at an event in Manchester on Tuesday, October 3.

Coach, club, foundation and young player of the year will also be announced at the Man of Steel dinner.

Nominees for the young player honour - for players aged under 21 at the start of the season - are St Helens duo Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace and Wigan Warriors’ Oliver Gildart.

A shortlist for the other awards has not been announced.

Meanwhile, Jordan Baldwinson is set to make a farewell appearance for Featherstone Rovers when they close their Qualifiers campaign away to Halifax tomorrow (3pm).

Baldwinson - who is dual-registered with Rhinos - has been recalled to Rovers’ initial 19-man squad.

He will join Wakefield Trinity next season on a two-year contract.