The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

YEARS ago, the RLPA started its own awards be­cause it wasn’t happy with the Dally Ms and a judg­ing panel of journos, TV types and ex-play­ers who re­placed refs when the Roth­mans Medal folded. The stars would do it them­selves. And then they give the 2017 ma­jor gong to Wests Tigers full­back James Tedesco. With re­spect, this is an em­bar­rass­ment. Ap­pears ev­ery­one but the play­ers know Cameron Smith has been the No. 1 player this sea­son by the length of a footy field.

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