Josh Griffin has been named as Hull FC’s Player of the Year for 2019 at tonight’s awards dinner at the Bonus Arena!
Griffin, who has enjoyed his most impressive season to date for the Black & Whites, walked away with the main prize on the night which is chosen by Hull FC head coach Lee Radford and members of his coaching staff team.
The 29-year old, who has proved his worth and shown adaptability at both centre and in the back-row during the 2019 campaign for the Airlie Birds, beat off competition from fellow nominees Carlos Tuimavave, Danny Houghton and Ratu Naulago.
His impressive season was further proved by receiving the recognition of both his Hull FC teammates and supporters alike, winning Players’ Player of the Year Award, Try of the Season, in association with SS Testing, and the Supporters’ Player of the Year award, in association with FC Voices and SDG Cabling.
Over 1,500 votes were cast by supporters, with Griffin narrowly beating Ratu Naulago to win the fans award who alike has had an impressive season for Hull in his debut season in Rugby League.
Meanwhile, Jordan Lane was rewarded for another strong season by claiming the Young Player of the Year Award for the second-year running.
The 21-year old has been one of the stand-out performers in the forwards for Lee Radford’s side this year, and continued to impress after breaking onto the professional scene in 2018.
An award previously won by the likes of current stars Danny Houghton (2009) and Joe Westerman (2011), the back-rower has continued to develop as one of the competition’s most promising young players.
Fellow young forward Jack Brown won the Academy Player of the Year Award - having featured for the Academy and Reserves side in 2019, Brown also made his Super League debut season, scoring with his very first touch of the ball against Catalans in the South of France!
A key player in his performances for all three sides, the 19-year old has shown professionalism in all departments as he continues to progress and show promise in the forwards.
Elsewhere, Brad Fash picked up the Community Player of the Year for going above and beyond this season to help promote the club in the community during 2019.
Off-field activities including work with local amateur clubs and schools, as well as work alongside the media and marketing department and Hull FC Community Foundation has contributed to Fash picking up the award.
Danielle Waters picked up the Hull FC Ladies Player of the Year Award for an influential year under head coach Sam French in the Women’s Championship.
Ticketing & Retail Manager Jade Hilton picked up the Martin Merekin Clubman Award for her tireless hard work behind-the-scenes, including leading the club’s retail team to posting record figures in 2019.
The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Kieron Wegg. A dedicated volunteer with the club’s Media & Marketing Department for the past three seasons, Kieron’s work behind-the-scenes includes important work for the club at home and away match days, as well as video editing and content creation away from the field.
The Try of the Season Award was voted for by the attendees on the night, with Josh Griffin coming up trumps for his stunning effort against Catalans Dragons back in June.
The club also paid tribute to retiring stars Mark Minichiello and Sika Manu for their stellar careers and outstanding spells in Black & White.
Video messages from current and former teammates of the two players were played on the big screen as an emotional tribute for their services to the club during their respective spells.
A full list of award winners can be found below.
|Player of the Year||Josh Griffin|
|Player’s Player of the Year||Josh Griffin|
|Supporter’s Player of the Year||Josh Griffin|
|Young Player of the Year||Jordan Lane|
|Academy Player of the Year||Jack Brown|
|Community Player of the Year||Brad Fash|
|Ladies Player of the Year||Danielle Waters|
|Clubman Award||Jade Hilton|
|Volunteer of the Year||Kieron Wegg|
|Try of the Year||Josh Griffin|