Finucane pips Smith as Storm’s best

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Finucane pips Smith as Storm's best - The Reports

Storm surge: Dale Finucane.Credit:Getty Images

Melbourne Storm and New South Wales lock Dale Finucane has added another accolade to his impressive year by claiming the club’s player of the year award.

Finucane, who also made his State of Origin debut this season, had trailed captain Cameron Smith at the end of the regular season before a strong finals showing saw him win the count by two votes.

The Storm have a panel of players and coaches vote 3-2-1 after each game to decide the award.

Smith was still named the forward of the year for the fourth time, while also claiming the members’ player of the year.

After notching his 400th game in 2019, Smith is reportedly considering his future although the Storm remain hopeful he will play on. The 36-year-old took part in season review meetings this week.

Veteran centre Will Chambers is still considering his future after reportedly receiving a big Japanese offer to return to rugby union. He is currently contracted to the Storm for 2020.

Utility back Jahrome Hughes won the back of the year award for the first time after playing as the starting full-back for much of the season before moving to half-back late in the campaign.

Young flyer Ryan Papenhuyzen was the Billy Slater rookie of the year while Fijian prop Tui Kamikamica was named most improved player. Josh Addo-Carr won try of the season for his diving effort against Parramatta in the elimination semi-final win.

Emerging lock Harry Grant claimed the Cooper Cronk feeder club player of the year award for his campaign with Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup.

STORM PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dale Finucane 32 votes

Cameron Smith 30

Jesse Bromwich 23

Jahrome Hughes 21

Ryan Papenhuyzen 20

Cameron Munster 18

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