RETIRING LEGEND Jamie Peacock was a surprise winner at Leeds Rhinos’ annual awards night.
Peacock won the Leeds Building Society try of the season award for his touchdown in Rhinos’ Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final victory over St Helens. The former England captain, who will hang up his boots at the end of the year to take up a new role as football manager at Hull KR, admitted: “I thought I would be on stage at some point, but I never thought it would be for try of the season!”
England centre Kallum Watkins was coach Brian McDermott’s choice as Rhinos’ player of the year, sponsored by Grosvenor Casinos. Runner-up was half-back Danny McGuire and second-row Stevie Ward was third.
Prop Adam Cuthbertson polled 41.6 per cent of the vote to be named Cravendale fans’ player of the year.
The Yorkshire Evening Post Shooting Star prize - presented by reader Dr Bob Phillips - went to winger Ash Handley and half-back or hooker Jordan Lilley won the Chris Sanderson Memorial Award for under-19s player of the year. Head of commercial sales Lisa Crooks, who is leaving Rhinos after 18 years, was named clubman of the year, the first woman to win the award.