One striking denotation of conscionable however ascendant a play Manly limb Tom Trbojevic produced successful 2021 is the superb run of Sydney Roosters weapon James Tedesco, Parramatta fable Peter Sterling says.
Sterling pointed retired that Trbojevic was the raring-hot favourite for this year's Dally M Medal, acceptable to beryllium awarded tonight, contempt the magnitude of Tedesco's campaign.
Trbojevic, Tedesco, Nathan Cleary, Cody Walker and Daly Cherry-Evans are entering tonight's awards ceremonial arsenic those successful contention for the game's highest idiosyncratic honour.
"I can't spell past Tom Trbojevic (for the Dally M Medal)," Sterling said connected Wide World of Sports' Sterlo's Wrap.
"He'd lone played 15 games earlier finals football, inactive finished the twelvemonth with 28 tries and had the astir profound effect connected matches of immoderate subordinate this year.
"And erstwhile you see however bully idiosyncratic similar James Tedesco had been wearing the aforesaid number, it conscionable shows what a fantastic play Tom Trbjoevic had, contempt the information that it was lone fractional a twelvemonth done injury."
While Tedesco averaged 182.4 tally metres per lucifer this season, Trbojevic averaged 209.6.
And portion the Roosters skipper averaged 1.1 line-break assists per game, the Sea Eagles superstar averaged 2 per match.
Trbojevic besides edged Tedesco successful mean tackle busts per game, signaling 6.9 to his counterpart's 6.6.
"He's a freak of nature, really. The size, the strength, the powerfulness helium plays with, his engagement successful each areas of the field, not conscionable sweeping astir but done the middle," Sterling said.
"(Sea Eagles great) Paul Vautin, and I deliberation others, person travel retired and said that by the extremity of his vocation astatine Manly he'll beryllium the champion subordinate they've produced. And erstwhile you see ... Bob Fulton played there, Graham Eadie played there, Des Hasler, the fantastic players that they've produced, if Tom's the champion of those past helium volition person the vocation that we've each predicted."