St George Illawarra names Ben Hunt as 2021 Dragons' Player of the Year

St George Illawarra captain Ben Hunt has been named as the Dragons' Player of the Year medallist for the first time.

A broken arm and leg restricted Hunt to 15 games throughout the 2021 season, but did not prevent him from achieving St George lllawarra's highest honour as the club's most influential player throughout the year.

First Time: St George Illawarra captain Ben Hunt was awarded the 2021 Dragons' Player of the Year medal. Picture: Geoff Jones.

First Time: St George Illawarra captain Ben Hunt was awarded the 2021 Dragons' Player of the Year medal. Picture: Geoff Jones.

The Dragons Medal was among three football-related awards presented to the team.

The Geoff Selby Memorial Trophy - now awarded to the best emerging talent at the Dragons in any given season, in honour of former player Selby who tragically passed away in 1989 - was presented to Talatau Amone.

Amone made the jump to the NRL just one week after the Illawarra Steelers' Under-19s SG Ball grand final appearance and finished his maiden first grade campaign with 11 games and three tries to his name.

Veteran hooker and vice-captain Andrew McCullough was named as the Immortals Trophy recipient following his first season at the Dragons.

McCullough was selected by the coaching staff in consideration of the Immortals criteria: demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication in all aspects of rugby league.

McCullough was a workhorse for the Dragons making 1,010 tackles (2nd most in the NRL)

Coach Anthony Griffin, general manager of football Ben Haran and assistant coach Mat Head also paid tribute to the seven departing players in attendance.

The Community Involvement Award was not awarded in 2021 due to players being unable to go above and beyond as a result of NRL COVID-19 protocols.

Prior to the implementation of protocols, the entire playing squad's community commitments were evenly spread across 648 hours of engagement.

The Red V Members' Player of the Year will be named at a later date.