Young guns Alexander Brimson and Moeaki Fotuaika last week were joint winners of the NYC 'Player of the Year' award.
Fotuaika was playing in just his first season of NYC football and with one round to go was a standout leader. The 18-year-old was unfortunately unavailable to play due to a knee injury and Brimson required all four points to level it at the top. Brimson produced a man-of-the-match performance and went level on 39 points.
This place in the voting went to Phillip Sami, who was of course unable to poll votes late in the year due to his call up into the NRL side.
Fotuaika was happy to have received the award and was quick to point out a few highlights.
"Probably getting my first game was a highlight, as well as making the Junior Kiwis team," Fotuaika said. "I definitely wasn't expecting that.
"Full credit to the coaching staff on my development and helping me to get better as a player."
Halfback Brimson was also happy with his 2017.
"It was up and down as a team but individually it was probably my best season." Brimson said. "I made the 20s State of Origin side and that's probably really my first real rep jersey and that'd never really been me.
"It as an awesome year and managed to get a few sessions with the NRL guys as well which was great."