Luke Gale has won the Albert Goldthorpe Medal for a second consecutive year.
The Castleford Tigers halfback opened up an unassailable lead between himself and nearest contender Marc Sneyd as he put on a dazzling display in Cas’ victory over Wakefield, earning him three points.
Gale, 28, becomes only the second player to ever win the award in two consecutive seasons, following in the footsteps of Huddersfield halfback Danny Brough, who won the award in 2013 and 2014. Brough currently holds the record for most Albert Goldthorpe Medals with three, having won the inaugural award in 2008 too.
“I was over the moon to win pick up the award last year,” Gale said.
“So to pick it up again is brilliant. I just want to thank the lads at Cas. Denny has been scoring from my passes and then they boys playing around me make me look good too. I’m over the moon to win it back to back. Now it’s time for me to go for a third.”
Martyn Sadler, the editor or League Express said: “Luke Gale showed his undoubted abilities last year, and he has confirmed that once again with another outstanding season. He has also shown tremendous leadership this season as the Castleford Tigers captain, and I am delighted to see him pick up the trophy once again.”
Gale, who became Super League’s leading points scorer this season on Friday following an 18-point haul, will be presented the award at the club’s end of season awards dinner on September 19.