James Tedesco, Josh Addo-Carr, Gavin Cooper, Connor Watson and Sia Soliola are amongst some of the game's biggest names to be nominated by their clubs for the 2019 Ken Stephen Medal.
The 2019 Ken Stephen Medallist will be announced during Grand Final week, with voting now open on NRL.com, providing fans the opportunity to select a nominee they feel deserves to be a finalist. The player with the highest number of votes will be included as one of four finalists announced next month.
Three other finalists will be voted via a panel of judges from across the game's administration.
This is the 31st year of the Ken Stephen Medal, with the award recognising the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field, but has committed time off the field to supporting community projects.
2019 will also see the introduction of a reciprocal medal for a female NRL player – the Veronica White Medal – with nominees also announced next month.
NRL Head of Government and Community Relations, Jaymes Boland-Rudder said this year's Ken Stephen Medal nominees showcased a glimpse of a majority of NRL players that privately and publicly support community and charitable initiatives throughout the year.
"Each of the nominees have had wonderful seasons to date and are to be congratulated for focusing their efforts off the field in a range of positive ways, ultimately benefiting local communities," Mr Boland-Rudder said.
"Regardless of the final award, I thank these nominees – and many more – for their support of NRL, club and personal community programs throughout the year."
Fan voting is open on the NRL's community page on NRL.com through to 9:00am on Monday 19 August.
For more information about the Ken Stephen Medal and to vote, click here.
The 2019 Ken Stephen Medal is proudly supported by wealth, property and wellbeing consultancy, One Solutions.
The 2019 Ken Stephen Medal nominees are:
- Andrew McCullough – Brisbane Broncos
- Sia Soliola – Canberra Raiders
- Adam Elliott – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
- Josh Dugan – Cronulla Sharks
- Michael Gordon – Gold Coast Titans
- Joel Thompson – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
- Josh Addo-Carr – Melbourne Storm
- Connor Watson – Newcastle Knights
- Gavin Cooper – North Queensland Cowboys
- Nathan Brown – Parramatta Eels
- Frank Winterstein – Penrith Panthers
- Corey Norman – St George-Illawarra Dragons
- James Tedesco – Sydney Roosters
- Agnatius Paasi – New Zealand Warriors
- Josh Aloiai – Wests Tigers