2017 Members Player of the Year Contenders

The Members have voted and it’s down to our 3 backrowers to determine who will take out the 2017 Members Player of the Year set to be announced at the Monty Porter Medal night.

Here’s a recap of their seasons and why you, our Members, have voted them in the Top 3.

Luke Lewis

The evergreen Luke Lewis just keeps getting better and better. An absolute force on the right side of the Sharks defence had opposition halves on notice for the entire 2017 season. The versatile Lewis also showed he still has plenty of speed with intercept length of the field tries against both the Sea Eagles and the Roosters leaving younger opposition in his wake. Showing his longevity and commitment, Lewis racked up his 300th NRL game against South Sydney in Round 20 becoming only the 28th player to achieve the milestone.

Paul Gallen

Your captain, Paul Gallen, had a stellar season in his first year away from representative football contributing in all 25 of the Sharks games in 2017. Like Luke Lewis, Gallen also notched up a triple century of NRL games, all of which have been with the Sharks. Never one to shy away from a contest the Lock was at his mesmerising best in both attack and defence turning out one of his most consistent seasons in recent memory. Gallen led the NRL in total runs plus total hit ups and was amongst the leaders in several categories including all run metres (2nd) and offloads (5th)

Wade Graham

Twenty-six year old Graham was Mr. Reliable for the Sharks turning out consistent performances throughout 2017. Completing the full 80 minutes for 19 of the 22 matches he played for the Black, White & Blue, Graham also represented NSW three times in this year’s Origin series. Mature beyond his years, the former Penrith Panther celebrated 200 NRL games in the Sharks last home game of the season against the Roosters. Proving a threat on the Sharks left edge Graham crossed five times in 2017 and played a big part in the combined 20 tries from Ricky Leutele and Sosaia Feki.