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Kurt Gidley was tonight named the Newcastle Knights NRL 2011 Player of the Year.
This caps off a stellar year for the Knights captain; playing 18 Club games, NSW State of Origin, NRL All Stars and just this week, he was named in the Kangaroos train-on squad.
Gidley was awarded this prestigious award at the Club's annual Presentation Night held at Wests, New Lambton on Tuesday evening.
In second place for the Knights Player of the Year award was Chris Houston and Wes Naiqama was third.
Peter Mata'utia and Sam Anderson won the NSW Cup and NYC Player of the Year awards respectively.
The full list of Awards winners include:
NSW CUP AWARDS
Coaches Award - Steve Southern
Players Player - Warren Schillings
Player of the Year - Peter Mata'Utia
Coaches Award - Chad Redman
Players Player - Sam Anderson
Player of the Year - Sam Anderson
Highest Point Scorer - Kurt Gidley
Leading Try Scorer - Akuila Uate
Clubman of the Year - Ben Rogers
Coaches Award - James McManus
Players Player - Matt Hilder & Issac De Gois
Player of the Year - Kurt Gidley
Coal & Allied Community Alliance - Ben Rogers
Once a Knight Old Boys Gladiator Award - Joel Edwards
During the evening, there was a special farewell tribute for Adam MacDougall and also a presentation to coach Rick Stone. Players that made their NRL debut for the Knights this season were also acknowledged; Neville Costigan, Beau Henry, Tyrone Roberts, Steve Southern, Marvin Filipo, Peter Mata'utia, Ryan Stig, Zane Tetevano and Siuatonga Likiliki.
Congratulations to all award winners tonight.