Panthers forward Trent Merrin has been nominated for the prestigious Ken Stephen Medal - but he needs your votes to win.

Some of the biggest names in rugby league including Paul Gallen, Darius Boyd and Moses Mbye have been shortlisted by their clubs for the 2016 Ken Stephen Medal.

Fans are encouraged to vote for the player they believe best reflects leadership qualities befitting of the medal.

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The Ken Stephen Medal will be awarded during the 2016 Dally M Awards and recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved success and leadership on-field, but contributed to community projects off-field to make a positive difference and change.

NRL General Manager of Community, Ellen Beale said the nominated players had all demonstrated exceptional community service throughout the season, quite often away from the media and public.

"Rugby League is fortunate to have strong community values and players across all levels of the game who support one another and their local communities," Ms Beale said.

"Our NRL players are to be commended for their support and commitment to helping others less fortunate and the nominees for this year's Ken Stephen Medal are among some of the best in our game when it comes to service and sacrifice off the field."

All Ken Stephen Medal nominees this year will be officially congratulated and recognised at the 2016 NRL Community Awards, with nominees forming the inaugural NRL Community Team of the Year.

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