Leeds Rhinos: Versatile Moon “shocked” to be named player of the year

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AUSTRALIAN STAND-OFF Joel Moon admitted he was shocked to be named Leeds Rhinos’ player of the year.

Moon is the first overseas winner of the award, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino, in the Super League era.

YEP Shooting Star Ashton Golding

YEP Shooting Star Ashton Golding

“I didn’t expect it,” he said. “There’s great players in this team and it has been a great year after the disappointment of last season.”

Moon began the season in the centres before switching to stand-off and added: “I am enjoying playing at six, each week I am learning more and more.”

Matt Parcell was player of the year runner-up, with Stevie Ward third.

Parcell, in his first season at the club, won the Cravendale fans’ player of the year honour, with 49.1 per cent of the vote.

Andy McNairn, operations manager Grosvenor Casinos, left, and Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott, right, present awards to player of the year Joel Moon, runner-up Matt Parcell and Stevie Ward, in third.

Andy McNairn, operations manager Grosvenor Casinos, left, and Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott, right, present awards to player of the year Joel Moon, runner-up Matt Parcell and Stevie Ward, in third.

He said: “It’s very special to win an award that’s voted for by the fans – that’s really cool.

“I have had a fun year.”

Mitch Garbutt’s touchdown against Castleford Tigers two weeks ago was voted Leeds Building Society try of the season.

The Yorkshire Evening Post Shooting Star honour went to full-back Ashton Golding, Jack Walker won the Chris Sanderson Memorial Award as academy player of the year and club person of the year was head of customer experience Sian Jones.

Academy head coach Adrian Morley, left, and Simon Bell, head of youth development, present Jack Walker with the Chris Sanderson Memorial trophy.

Academy head coach Adrian Morley, left, and Simon Bell, head of youth development, present Jack Walker with the Chris Sanderson Memorial trophy.

There were special presentations at the awards ceremony to departing duo Jordan Baldwinson and Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, who is retiring at the end of the season, and former assistant-coach Chris Plume.

Yorkshire Evening Post Shooting Star winner, Ashton Golding, with YEP rugby league writer Peter Smith, left, and readers competition winner Alex Dunhill.

Yorkshire Evening Post Shooting Star winner, Ashton Golding, with YEP rugby league writer Peter Smith, left, and readers competition winner Alex Dunhill.

Supporters player of the year Matt Parcell received his award from Kate Sharrock, left, and Victoria Richmond, of Cravendale.

Supporters player of the year Matt Parcell received his award from Kate Sharrock, left, and Victoria Richmond, of Cravendale.

Leeds Building Society CEO Peter Hill presents Mitch Garbutt with his award for try of the season.

Leeds Building Society CEO Peter Hill presents Mitch Garbutt with his award for try of the season.

Leeds Rhinos clubman of the year, Sian Jones, with Rob Oates.

Leeds Rhinos clubman of the year, Sian Jones, with Rob Oates.

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