Gold Training under-20s utility forward Max King is a resounding winner of the club’s National Youth Year player of the year award.

The award was decided on a 3-2-1 vote from the coaching staff each game, and also from the players’ player votes collected after every match.

King, who played from prop to lock and did not miss a match (24 games), was a runaway leader on both counts, almost doubling the vote of his nearest rival Josh Rogers.

Max been outstanding for us all year, he has won the award and won by a mile,” said coach Ben Woolf.

“And it was thoroughly deserved. His work ethic is fantastic; he does everything right in training, is probably the hardest working player in the squad and as a result was the best performing player week in and week out.

“Four or five times he played 80 minutes in the front row and his effort in 79th minute was as good as in the first.

“He led the NYC competition for offloads, was the third highest tackler in competition and on top of our tackle efficiency rate (tackles made compared to those missed).

“Max was a pleasure to coach and I think he has a bright future in the game.”

The 19-year-old was having his first season in the NYC competition and is still eligible to play next season.