Leigh Centurions: McNally claims top awards

Leigh's Gregg McNally was a major winner at the club's end of season awards. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh's Gregg McNally was a major winner at the club's end of season awards. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Gregg McNally scooped a hat-trick of the major awards at the prestigious Leigh Centurions Player of the Year evening.

The awards evening attracted a sell-out gathering of sponsors, supporters, players and their families.

McNally, 24, carried off the Coach’s Player of the Year, Leigh Centurions Players Association Player of the Season and LISA Player of the Year.

The Whitehaven born fullback scored 30 tries, the second highest ever by a Leigh fullback in a season behind Neil Turley’s club record of 55 set in 2001.

“Gregg has been on a remarkable journey in his four years at Leigh,” said Head Coach Paul Rowley. “He was selected previously as Young Player of the Year and these latest awards show his development. He has been my most consistent and influential player and fully deserves the accolades.”

Gregg is currently on holiday with his family as he will shortly be reporting for duty with Ireland to play in the European Championships. In a video message he said: “I’d like to thank the coaches and players at Leigh Centurions for everything they have done for me.

“I’ve loved my time at Leigh and would like to thank Paul and all the coaches for the faith they have shown in me and giving me my chance to express myself. I can’t wait for the new season and the chance to build on what we have achieved so far.”

Jake Emmitt and Liam Kay also featured heavily in the awards.

Emmitt was Super-Leigh Lottery Player of the Year and LCTV Player of the Year while Kay, who equalled the Club record for most tries in a season by a winger with 36 tries, was Players’ Player of the Year and Touchdown Club Player of the Season.

Jonny Pownall, who works tirelessly in the community alongside scoring 19 tries from the wing won the Special Award and Clubman of the Year was shared between Reserves Team coach Paul Anderson and Kit Manager Sean Fairhurst.

Skipper Oliver Wilkes won the nomination as Try of the Season from both the Club and LCTV for his match-winning try in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup-tie at Wakefield.

Ryan Brierley was Club top try-scorer for the fourth season in a row- a new Club record- while Martyn Ridyard passed 1,500 career points for the Club in finishing top goals-scorer and points-scorer for a fourth successive season.

Special awards were made to departing players Oliver Wilkes, Tommy Goulden and Martin Aspinwall.

Mitch Cox was voted Reserves Team Player of the Year with Luke Warburton Players’ Player of the Year and Jack Hansen Rookie of the Year.

Award Winners:

First Team

Coach’s Player of the Year: Gregg McNally

Players’ Player of the Year: Liam Kay

Special Award: Jonny Pownall

Clubman of the Year: Sean Fairhurst and Paul Anderson (joint winners)

Super-Leigh Lottery Player of the Year: Jake Emmitt

LISA Player of the Season: Gregg McNally

Touchdown Club Player of the Season: Liam Kay

Leigh CPA Player of the Season: Gregg McNally

Leigh Centurions TV Player of the Year: Jake Emmitt

Leigh Centurions and LCTV Try of the Season: Oliver Wilkes (v Wakefield, Challenge Cup)

Special leaving awards to Oliver Wilkes, Tommy Goulden and Martin Aspinwall

Reserves Team:

Player of the Year: Mitch Cox

Players’ Player of the Year: Luke Warburton

Rookie of the Year (Sponsored by Balmoral Bricklaying): Jack Hansen