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Cleary wins the 2020 Merv Cartwright Medal

Panthers playmaker Nathan Cleary has capped off a stellar 2020 NRL season by winning the prestigious Merv Cartwright Medal.

In an unforgettable year for the Panthers, Cleary was named the club's best and fairest after leading the team on a record-breaking 17-game winning streak.

The 23-year-old halfback was also voted the club's Members Player of the Year to go with his first Merv Cartwright Medal.

Ivan Cleary with Nathan Cleary and his two major awards.
Ivan Cleary with Nathan Cleary and his two major awards.

"I'm very grateful to win these awards and I can't thank my parents, my teammates and the members enough for their support this year," Cleary said.

"I've never played in a team where everyone was so in-form and all my teammates deserve recognition for what we achieved together."

2020 Merv Cartwright Medal Broadcast

Cleary's club honours follow on the back of being named Dally M Halfback of the Year and anointed the RLPA Players' Champion for 2020. 

With biosecurity measures in place, Panthers announced the club's major award winners via a video presentation on Sunday night.

Stephen Crichton with the 2020 Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year Award.
Stephen Crichton with the 2020 Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year Award.

James Fisher-Harris won his second consecutive John Farragher Award for Courage and Determination, while Stephen Crichton claimed the Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year Award.

Panthers football manager Jason Wrigley was named Club Person of the Year, in recognition of his efforts to help the club navigate a season of challenging biosecurity restrictions.

AWARD WINNERS
Merv Cartwright Medal - Nathan Cleary

John Farragher Award for Courage and Determination - James Fisher-Harris
Members Player of the Year - Nathan Cleary
Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year - Stephen Crichton
Club Person of the Year - Jason Wrigley