McCullough hailed Broncos best in 2017
RUGBY LEAGUE: Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough’s rollercoaster season ended in stunning fashion, as he defied the odds to be crowned Brisbane’s Player of the Year despite missing the final five games of the regular season.
McCullough’s season came to a heartbreaking end in Round 21, after he tore his ACL and MCL in a clash against Parramatta.
But his excellent form in the 18 games he played for Brisbane before the injury was enough for him to claim the Paul Morgan Medal at Brisbane’s Presentation Ball.
It was an inspirational effort from McCullough, who kept the likes of Alex Glenn, Darius Boyd and Josh McGuire at bay to win the award, which is polled throughout the regular season only.
McCullough was also named Players’ Player, alongside McGuire.
Despite the injury, it was a career-best season for the No. 9, who was a guiding light for the Broncos for the majority of their season.
His workrate in the middle was greatly missed by Brisbane in the back-end of the year, despite the efforts of his replacement, Ben Hunt.
McCullough averaged 45.2 tackles a game — the second highest in the NRL behind Roosters rake Jake Friend (47.8).
The award has salvaged something from the year for McCullough, who had to watch from the sidelines as the Broncos fell one game short of the grand final after being hammered by premiers Melbourne in the preliminary final.
WINNER: Injured Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough won the club's Best and Fairest award.