Richards could not do more than he has done - he turns up and performs every week - taking the ball up, saving tries, kicking and running the ball mile after mile. To be top try scorer and kicker and also be consistently one of the best players in the league's top team he has done everything which any winger can have done. Whether a winger can ever be "steely" enough to win this is a different matter. If it is who would win in a fight then it probably wouldn't be Pat (it would be McIllorum out of Wigan's squad).
I agree, and completely disagree with other people on the whole 'steely' thing - it is nonsense.
Personally, I couldn't say whether I would vote for Richards, as I haven't seen enough of him, but plenty of neutrals have and if they vote for him, then that's good enough for me.
I remember Jonathan Davies winning it back in 1993/4 (?) and he certainly wasn't 'steely'.
From my team, I know Morley came second in the RLPW award, but personally feel Westwood has been better than Morley this year (although that clearly is no slur on Morley!).
I just don't buy that it is a one-horse race (although it may turn out like that in the voting) as there have been many great performances throughout the year.