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Five-star Mannering wins 2016 club gong

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/09/2016

Mannering, who abdicated the Warriors captaincy at the start of the season, was also named clubman of the year for his community work. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Mannering, who abdicated the Warriors captaincy at the start of the season, was also named clubman of the year for his community work. Warriors back rower Simon Mannering has been named the NRL club's player of the year for the fifth time.

The 30-year-old Kiwis skipper, who has played 258 games for the club since his debut in 2005, made more than 1000 tackles for the second consecutive season.

He has previously won the award in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The Nelson native is the only player in the club's 22-year history to win the award on more than two occasions.

He beat out star halfback Shaun Johnson, departing five-eighth Thomas Leuluai and back rower Bodene Thompson for the accolade.

Mannering, who abdicated the Warriors captaincy at the start of the season, was also named clubman of the year for his community work.

Elsewhere, young hooker Nathaniel Roache was named rookie of the year after making 11 NRL appearances in 2016.

Johnson won the people's choice award, while young utility Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad was awarded the NSW Cup player of the year.

SIMON MANNERING IN 2016, PER GAME ON AVERAGE:

* 77 minutes (over 22 NRL games)

* 11 carries, making 90 metres with the ball

* 47 tackles

* One try every four-and-a-half games.

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