Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards has taken out the 2022 Clive Churchill Medal after a stunning display in Sunday’s 28-12 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final win.
Edwards became Penrith's third-ever winner after Nathan Cleary was awarded the player-of-the-match last year and Luke Priddis took home the honour in 2003.
The 26-year-old produced a superb performance for his side at Accor Stadium, with 281 run metres, eight tackle breaks and a try-saving tackle that will go down in NRL Grand Final history.
Edwards channels Sattler with sublime cover tackle
“Boys, obviously I want to thank you to the guys. I love all of you, we worked hard for this and we’ll enjoy it,” Edwards said on stage.
“Thanks to Parra, it was a great game. You’ve done great all year but weren’t lucky enough on the night.
“To all our fans who have showed up all year, we love you guys. We just want to make our community proud out there and hopefully, we did today.”
Edwards wins the 2022 Clive Churchill Medal
After the Panthers junior capped off his stellar season with a player-of-the-match performance, the father-of-two paid tribute to his partner Nadine and the families of the Penrith Panthers.
“Last but certainly not least, the families of all our squad members, you guys support us through thick and thin and ride the rollercoaster with us,” he said.
“Especially my partner Nadine, I’m so lucky to have you in my corner and will be forever grateful.”
Match: Panthers v Eels
Grand Final -
Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney