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Houghton named Super League Man of Steel

AAP logoAAP 3/10/2016 Ian Laybourn

Hull hooker Danny Houghton has beaten out club captain Gareth Ellis to the prestigious 2016 Super League Man of Steel award.

The 28-year-old Houghton, who provided the defining moment of Hull's historic Challenge Cup triumph with a last-minute try-saving tackle, received almost twice as many votes as Ellis in a poll of Super League players.

Castleford's record-breaking winger Denny Solomona came third in the poll.

For the first time, the results of the poll have been made public and reveal that Houghton voted for Warrington captain Chris Hill while Ellis' first choice was Wolves hooker Daryl Clark. Players are not allowed to vote for teammates.

Houghton is the first Hull player to win an award that was first presented in 1977.

His club boss Lee Radford was named coach of the year after guiding the Black Whites to Wembley glory and to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final, while Hull were named Super League club of the year.

Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone was named young player of the year, ahead of Widnes second rower Matt Whitley and Wigan prop Ryan Sutton, while Houghton and Hill picked up awards for the most tackles and metres made in the season respectively.

Presentations were made to retiring players Gregory Mounis, Jamie Langley, Kirk Yeaman, Luke Dorn, Luke Robinson, Pat Richards, Paul Jackson, Paul Wood, Richard Mathers, Stephen Wild, Stuart Littler and Wayne Godwin, who all made over 200 Super League appearances.

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