Alex Walmsley loses out on Steve Prescott Man of Steel award

Alex Walmsley
Alex Walmsley
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Saints ace Alex Walmsley has missed out on the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.

The block-busting prop forward was beaten to the sport’s most coveted individual honour By Leeds Rhinos Zak Hardaker.

Walmsley has enjoyed a successful season which saw him emerge as the leading force in a powerful Saints pack.

He was part of a three-man shortlist along with Leeds Rhinos duo Adam Cuthbertson and Hardaker.

Walmsley has been the cornerstone of the St Helens pack during a year which has seen the defending champions maintain their reputation as Super League’s most dangerous team.

The 25-year-old former Batley Bulldogs prop never takes a backwards step and has a workrate that inspires the players around him.

The Steve Prescott Man of Steel is chosen by a poll of every Super League player, the results of which are considered by a specially-convened panel featuring a former Man of Steel, a current player and one representative each from the written and broadcast media.

The Man of Steel has been presented at the end of every season since 1977 and this year has been renamed in memory of Steve Prescott, one of Rugby League’s most respected players who passed away in 2013 after a long and courageous battle against a rare form of stomach cancer.