There’s been plenty of negativity in the past three or four days about the sizeable gaps in the Super League table.
However from an individual standpoint, the race to secure the Albert Goldthorpe Medal has hardly ever been tighter, with one point separating the top five players.
In case you don’t know, the Albert Goldthorpe Medal is an individual award voted for by League Express journalists attending all the Super League games. Reporters give points to the top three players in each match, with the best player collecting three points and so on.
Last year’s winner, Castleford’s Luke Gale, is currently joint top with 17 points, but is joined on the same total by Catalans’ Todd Carney and Widnes’ Rhys Hanbury.
Meanwhile, just one point behind both of them are Salford’s Robert Lui and Warrington favourite Chris Sandow.
There is then a three point gap, with Gareth Ellis and Luke Walsh the nearest after the top five.
The Albert Goldthorpe Medal latest standings
Todd Carney Catalans Dragons 17
Luke Gale Castleford Tigers 17
Rhys Hanbury Widnes Vikings 17
Robert Lui Salford Red Devils 16
Chris Sandow Warrington Wolves 16
Gareth Ellis Hull FC 13
Luke Walsh St Helens 13
Jacob Miller Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12
John Bateman Wigan Warriors 11
Daryl Clark Warrington Wolves 11
Denny Solomona Castleford Tigers 11
Glenn Stewart Catalans Dragons 11
Whatever happens, the next few months promise to be intriguing as they all attempt to claim individual success.