Wakefield Wildcats loose forward Danny Washbrook was last night crowned the Stobart Super League 2012 Hit Man after finishing the regular season with 991 successful tackles.
The award was presented at the annual Man of Steel Awards with Washbrook receiving the accolade for the individual who completes the most tackles in the Super League season. The former Hull FC man and fellow Wildcat Paul Aiton led the way until the hooker had to sit out the last seven games due to a broken jaw which meant the Washbrook beat off competition from James Roby and Danny Houghton.
Wigan and England full-back Sam Tomkins scooped the main prize with cycling sensation Bradley Wiggins presenting him with the 2012 Man of Steel. Meanwhile, former Trinity half-back Ben Jefferies and newly installed Youth Development Manager Ryan Hudson both received Lifetime Achievement awards for their playing careers.
The Leeds duo of Zak Hardaker and Jamie Peacock also left the presentation evening with recognition as youngster Hardaker picked up the Young Player of the Year and Peacock the Mike Gregory Spirit of Rugby League award ahead of his 10th Grand Final on Saturday. Mick Potter won the Coach of the Year with Wigan picking up the Club of the Year.
With the Wildcats number 13 making sure the club had some representation at the awards ceremony he has spoken to Wildcats TV which you can see in full HERE where he was as modest as ever at finishing at the top of the Super League tackle table.
Washbrook also featured in all 27 rounds for Agar’s men as well as the play-off and Challenge Cup defeats to Grand Final and Cup finalists Leeds Rhinos. The forward doesn’t necessarily think he’s the best tackler in the competition, despite winning the award.
“I don’t know about that, I just tackle anything that comes near me and it’s just one of those things if somebody has the ball you have to tackle and stop them.
“I am pleased, a bit tired but it’s not something I look to do, I don’t look to go out and make this amount of tackles it’s just that people must run at me.”
Meanwhile, Washbrook told Wildcats TV he can look back at the season with great fondness in his first campaign at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“At the beginning of the season if you would have said to anybody, the fans, the players and the staff, this is where we were at the end of the season, would you like that? Everybody would have said yes because the club going through administration and everything like that, everybody had a downer on the club in thinking everything was going to pot.
“Andrew, Jimmy and Rich have stuck together and really worked hard to prove Wakefield are a strong force.”
You can watch the full interview HERE where the he discusses his thoughts on next season, how crucial the fans have been throughout 2012 and how he showed his durability in featuring in all 29 first team games.
If you have not purchased your 2013 Gold Membership then join the Super League Hitman next year as Washbrook and the rest of Trinity’s team look to build on a fabulous first season under the hard working Richard Agar.
Prices start from as little as £125 for adults and if the club reaches their 4,000 Member target before the end of this month. 16-21 year olds are amazing value at £50 while a Membership to watch every home and away Wildcats match for children is just £25, that’s under £1 a game!
You can purchase your membership from either of our retail outlets at the Ridings Centre Store, Rapid Solicitors Stadium, online HERE or call 01924 201548 / 211611.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.