Congratulations to Dean Hawkins and Cody Walker on their awards at last night's NSWRL Brad Fittler Medal night.
Dean Hawkins, has been announced as the NSW Cup Player of the Year, while Cody Walker for taken out The Daily Telegraph People's Choice Award.
Hawkins has been a mainstay of the NSW Cup side throughout 2023, playing in 20 games so far this season. He has scored 134 points so far this year from seven tries and 53 goals.
Hawkins leads the competition in line engagements (234), is second in the competition for kick metres with 6,883 metres from 253 kicks so far this year including one 40/20, is sixth for try assists with 17 to his name so far in 2023, is equal seventh for linebreak assists with 15, and has a goal kicking percentage of 77%.
"Dean is a thorough professional and this is great recognition for a tremendous season to date," Rabbitohs NSW Cup Coach Joe O'Callaghan said.
"Dean's played tough all year, he's had some injury worries, but he's really grinded it out and has led from the front every week.
"The way he's been able to go on with his training all season, helping the NRL team to prepare each week and stepping up to the NRL level when required, then continually turning in great performances for our NSW Cup team, is a credit to him.
"He's been a terrific captain this year and I'm looking forward to watching him lead us over the next month of football as we try and win more competitions for the Rabbitohs."
Hawkins will lead his team in the major semi final this Saturday at 5pm at Leichhardt Oval when they take on the minor premiers, the North Sydney Bears, for a spot in the 2023 NSW Cup Grand Final.
The last Rabbitohs player to be crowned the Player of the Year in the NSW Cup competition was Billy Brittain back in 2019. Hawkins also won the 2023 NSW Cup Players' Player award at the recent Rabbitohs Pathways Awards night.
Congratulations to Dean Hawkins on his NSW Cup Player of the Year award for 2023.