Klemmer wins Brad Fittler Medal


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    David Klemmer has become just the second NSW player to claim the Brad Fittler medal despite coming off the bench for the entire State of Origin series.

    Klemmer was crowned the Blues’ player of the year on Monday night after a stirring campaign where he averaged the most metres of any forward in their series defeat.

    Not since NSW legend Steve Menzies took out the prestigious medal in 2006 has a Blues played won the award after playing as a substitute in all three games.

    Former Blues captain Kurt Gidley was the 2010 winner but started in the series-opener before being asked to ride the pine in favour of Jarryd Hayne at fullback.

    Voted on by the entire Blues squad, Klemmer outpolled fullback James Tedesco, who averaged 173 metres and tallied a combined 18 tackle busts and four line breaks across the series.

    Klemmer was involved in what was a messy aftermath to the series loss after then-coach Laurie Daley informed the prop that he would start ahead of Andrew Fifita in the decider.

    However Daley, whose contract has since not been renewed and was a notable absentee on Monday, backflipped on the decision and opted to keep Klemmer on the bench.

    Klemmer said he was honoured to take out the Fittler medal.

    “Growing up Brad Fittler was one of my idols and to accept the award named after him is a special moment,” Klemmer said on Monday.

    “I wouldn’t have received this award without the players around me. As a rugby league player you don’t necessarily think about individual honours but it’s nice to be recognised for my performance.”

    Blues rookie Jake Trbojevic, who was considered a dark horse to take the prize, won The Daily Telegraph’s People’s Choice award and the True Blue award for displaying strong team culture.

    Caitlin Moran won the women’s premiership player of the rear, while Simaima Taufa claimed the NSW women’s state player of the year award.

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    • Roar Guru

      September 12th 2017 @ 7:22am
      The Barry said | September 12th 2017 @ 7:22am | ! Report

      Congratulations Klem. Well deserved, although I wouldn’t have complained if Jurbo won.

      • September 12th 2017 @ 12:27pm
        Albo said | September 12th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

        Spot on Baz ! I thought both Klemmer & JakeT were outstanding for NSW , and will lead the charge for them in 2018.

    • September 12th 2017 @ 8:43am
      Zedman said | September 12th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

      The big fella certainly deserved this and was one of the Dogs best all year. If only Laurie had started him he might still have a job.

    • September 12th 2017 @ 9:45am
      casper said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Congrats Klemmer, he deserves it he is getting the knuckle down consistency

    • Roar Rookie

      September 12th 2017 @ 10:01am
      Flat White said | September 12th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

      Easily the best Blue forward and should be one of the first players picked in Mal’s end of year squad. As a Qlder I absolutely hated him during that first Origin series, but he’s matured, got rid of the carry-on and is now one of the better big blokes in the comp. Well done.

      • Roar Rookie

        September 12th 2017 @ 10:12am
        Flat White said | September 12th 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

        In fairness to the big meat head, he was probably one of the better big blokes in the comp back then too, I just couldn’t see it through my maroon-lensed specs.

        • Roar Guru

          September 12th 2017 @ 11:04am
          The Barry said | September 12th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

          He always had the talent but definitely carried on like a pork chop.

          Good to see him getting some deserved recognition.

    • Roar Rookie

      September 12th 2017 @ 12:23pm
      JOHNY BULLDOG said | September 12th 2017 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

      Love the KLEMINATOR!

    • Roar Guru

      September 12th 2017 @ 1:20pm
      Nat said | September 12th 2017 @ 1:20pm | ! Report

      Well deserved and he is one example of a kid who has grown into a forward leader as a result of rep duties. I just hope next year’s NSW coach takes them for a casual horse ride while in camp 🙂

      For all the BS around Daley’s departure, I would have thought he would have showed up. (respectfully assuming he had no other more pressing engagements)

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