Nicho Hynes WINS the Dally M Award following the sensational 2022 campaign for the Cronulla weapon when he beats James Tedesco and Ben Hunt for the highest point count EVER
- Cronulla gun Nicho Hynes has been awarded Dally M’s Player of the Year 2022
- The 26-year-old left the Melbourne Storm last year in search of regular minutes.
- And he has flourished with the Sharks, winning with a staggering 38 points.
Nicho Hynes has been rewarded for an impressive 2022 campaign with the Cronulla pistol named the Dally M Player of the Year, earning the most votes to win the jackpot.
Hynes was picked up by the Sharks last year and seized his chance for regular minutes with Craig Fitzgibbons, having been frustrated in the star-studded Melbourne Storm.
And having entered Wednesday’s awards ceremony a long shot at success, Hynes rocketed up the standings to overtake Ben Hunt to win with 38 points. No Dally M winner has matched that total before.
Nicho Hynes has been crowned Dally M’s 2022 Player of the Year after a stellar campaign
The runner collected the first prize after earning the most points with a total of 38
“I can’t believe it, to be honest, I came in here not very confident, I thought Benny Hunt was taking it out for sure,” Hynes said onstage.
“I just got here tonight extremely grateful to be here, surrounded by great players and five years ago I was sitting at home watching this and just dreaming of being here.
‘Honestly, I was coming here tonight hoping to catch up with some old friends.’
Elsewhere, North Queensland’s Todd Payten was named Coach of the Year after overseeing a remarkable turnaround for the Cowboys, helping them to a third-place finish and a preliminary final at home.
Cowboys youngster Jeremiah Nanai took home the rookie of the year award after the 19-year-old had 17 attempts this season.
Panthers captain Isaah Yeo won the captain of the year award before his team’s grand finale on Sunday, while Hynes won the Provan-Summons award for his role in putting mental health in the spotlight after of the death of Paul Green.
More to follow.