Wests Tigers flyer Jahream Bula and Canterbury’s bustling second-rower Jacob Preston have been announced as co-winners of the Rookie of the Year.
Remarkably, Bula and Preston featured in struggling sides that finished at the wrong end of the table.
Wests Tigers fullback Bula not only showed some classy skills and immense speed amid few chances but was an old head on young shoulders in a side consistently on the wrong side of the scoreline while Preston was a shining light on the edges for the battling Bulldogs and played well beyond his years.
Bula played 18 games for Wests Tigers this season – all as starting fullback while Preston compiled 20 games for the Dogs.
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Previous winners of the Rookie of the Year:
2022: Jeremiah Nanai
2021: Josh Schuster
2020: Harry Grant
2019: Payne Haas & Maika Sivo
2018: Jamayne Isaako
2017: Nick Cotric
2016: Ash Taylor