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Damien Cook has been awarded the Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year for 2020

Rabbitohs hooker and fan favourite Damien Cook has been awarded the Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year award for the 2020 season.

Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year

2020 was a career-defining season for Cook especially upon season’s ‘Bubble’ resumption when the rules were changed in order to benefit dummy-half runners and attacking livewires.

While it took some time, Damien Cook flourished to the ‘set restart’ rules, especially in the big games as he registered plenty of metres out of dummy half as well as a couple of long-range tries.

Cook played 22 games, forced nine drop-outs, assisted eight tries, ran for 97 metresper game and put teammates through for seven linebreaks over the season. His biggest moment would have to be that blistering try against Parramatta in the must-win Semi Final which sealed their spot in the Preliminary Final.

Damien Cook Clubman of the Year Acceptance Speech

Cook, in broken play, burnt a couple of slow-retreating forwards, then the outside backs before doing King Gutho with a brilliant right-foot step.

While it has been difficult during the conditions of the Bubble, away from the field you would usually see Cook out at various Members events, at hospital visits or giving back to those who are doing it a bit tough, just to try and put a smile on their faces.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs would like to congratulate Damien on his award.

Previous Winners:

2002 - Jason Death

2003 – Jason Death

2004 – Ashley Harrison

2005 – Luke Stuart

2006 – Peter Cusack

2007 – Luke Stuart

2008 – Beau Champion

2009 – Scott Geddes

2010 – Sam Burgess

2011 – Michael Crocker

2012 – Sam Burgess and Michael Crocker

2013 – Matt King

2014 – Sam Burgess

2015 – Ben Lowe

2016 – Jason Clark

2017 – Damien Cook

2018 - John Sutton

2019 - Braidon Burns