In the six years that the Gold Coast bid team was established, they presented a compelling case to the NRL. The business plan was lauded by NRL board member and Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis as the most comprehensive document seen in Australian professional sport.
St Helens, Castleford, Huddersfield and Wigan have two players apiece.
Leeds' stand-out performers Jamie Peacock will join Leeds' Super League rivals as football manager for the season Having won two-thirds of the silverware on offer so far this season, Leeds' success has been reflected by the selection of four key players by the strong vote.
Hardaker, already a nominee for Man of Steel and tipped to star for England in the autumn Tests against New Zealand, has 10 tries in 25 league games, but his defensive attributes have also been recognised. Watkins was described as "the best British centre ever" earlier this season on the BBC Super League Show, while the offloading skills of Cuthbertson have added a new dimension to the Rhinos' game.
Peacock's leadership and work-rate alongside Cuthbertson in the pack made him a popular candidate.
However, Roby has returned in , maintaining Saints title defence and putting in big minutes, big metres and even bigger number of tackles - 1, - second only to Hull FC's Danny Houghton. Top scorers rewarded Jermaine McGillvary's 27 tries for Huddersfield and Wigan wideman Joe Burgess's 23 efforts made them runaway choices on the flanks.
Both are in the reckoning for England this autumn, with Burgess set to move to the National Rugby League with Sydney Roosters for A Giant and a Tiger in the halves Huddersfield playmaker Danny Brough, a former Man of Steel himself, and Castleford's Luke Gale were named in the halves on the back of impressive individual seasons.
Brough helped guide Giants to a semi-final spot in Super League, while Gale has been linked with an England call for his performances. Cuthbertson and Hardaker are joined by fellow nominee Alex Walmsley in the representative team, with the St Helens front-rower impressive in the defence of their title.
The year-old has made more metres and more carries than any other player in the league this season, and weighed in with two tries too. Free-scoring back-rowers Liam Farrell and Taia showed their eye for a try in , reaching 12 tries from the edges and only Ben Currie - one of those unfortunate to miss out - scored more as a forward.
Taia's record is all the more impressive given he spent two months on the sidelines mid-season through injury, while Farrell also had absences for facial injury and a chest contusion this term. Share this page.