Sam Tomkins named 2021’s Super League Man of Steel

Tomkins, part of a Catalans crew this year which has secured the League Leaders’ Shield interestingly and furthermore endured to the Grand Final interestingly, wins his second Man of Steel grant, having recently gotten the gong while a Wigan Warriors player in 2012.

In doing so, Tomkins becomes just the fourth man in history to win the Man of Steel more than once, following Ellery Hanley (1985, 1987, 1989), Paul Sculthorpe (2001, 2002), and Andy Farrell (1996, 2004).

“It is a huge honour to receive the Man of Steel Award. It comes off the back of some great team performances, and I feel lucky to be playing in a great team at Catalans,” Tomkins said.

“It was a long time ago when I won it for the first time. Someone showed me some pictures from the time, I was just a young kid enjoying playing rugby.

“I’m at a very different stage of my life now. It means a little bit more to me as I know I’ve not got another 10 years of playing the sport.”

Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel Chairman Ellery Hanley MBE said: “Sometimes in your life you have to tip your hat and give full praise and credit to an individual.

“Sam Tomkins has been head and shoulders above everyone in the Steve Prescott Man of Steel points this season.

“Watching his performances this season, he has established himself not only as a marvellous rugby league player, but a fabulous leader of men.

“Look deeper into Sam’s game and you will see what he has done to the rest of his team individually and collectively, in bringing the best out of the Catalans Dragons squad. Sam has had a brilliant, majestic and a wonderful season in all facets of the game.”