York City Knights teenage winger AJ Towse has been nominated for this year’s Betfred Championship Young Player of the Year award.
Towse, 19, has enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2022 after making his Knights debut against Wigan Warriors in 2021. Coming into the team, initially after injuries to other wingers presented him with an opportunity, the Heworth product has moved to establish himself on the left flank with eight tries in sixteen appearances in all competitions.
Increasingly effective in yardage as well as being capable of acrobatic finishes – see his effort from our home match against Batley Bulldogs in July – Towse has been nominated alongside Sam Eseh (Barrow Raiders/Featherstone Rovers) and Oli Leyland (London Broncos) for the award.
The winner will be announced on Monday 26th September at the Betfred Championship and League One Awards Ceremony, an occasion that will also be streamed live on Our League.
Voting has been conducted by a poll of the Head Coaches in each competition, producing a top three in each category.
The full list of nominees for the awards is below.
Betfred Championship Player of the Year
John Asiata (Leigh Centurions)
Edwin Ipape (Leigh Centurions)
Joe Keyes (Halifax Panthers)
Tee Ritson (Barrow Raiders)
Betfred Championship Young Player of the Year
Sam Eseh (Featherstone Rovers / Barrow Raiders)
Oli Leyland (London Broncos)
AJ Towse (York City Knights)
Betfred Championship Coach of the Year
Paul Crarey (Barrow Raiders)
Simon Grix (Halifax Panthers)
Adrian Lam (Leigh Centurions)
Betfred League One Player of the Year
Mo Agoro (Keighley Cougars)
Jack Miller (Keighley Cougars)
Gavin Rodden (North Wales Crusaders)
Betfred League One Young Player of the Year
George Roby (Swinton Lions)
Leon Ruan (Doncaster)
Cian Tyrer (Rochdale Hornets)
Betfred League One Coach of the Year
Rhys Lovegrove (Keighley Cougars)
Joe Mbu (London Skolars)
Anthony Murray (North Wales Crusaders)
Three other awards will be presented on the night – the Foundation of the Year across both the Championship and League One competitions, and the Club of the Year in each competition, which is awarded to recognise success on and off the field.