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George Carmont in action for Wigan

George Carmont in action for Wigan

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GEORGE Carmont received a gold-plated farewell from Wigan last night – after being crowned the club’s Player of the Year.

The veteran centre beat Man of Steel Sam Tomkins to the main prize at a gala dinner at the DW Stadium.

But Tomkins did collect another trophy while there were also awards to Mike McIlorum, Jack Hughes and even Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, who was a special guest at the annual function.

Carmont – heading home to New Zealand after five seasons with the Warriors – was hailed as one of the club’s greatest overseas signings by chairman Ian Lenagan after collecting the Player of the Year award.

It was decided in a poll of players, coaching staff, supporters, sponsors and key stakeholders.

Tomkins won the Players’ Player of the Year, while the Coaches’ Player of the Year Award went to hard-working hooker McIlorum.

Other winners included Darrell Goulding (Community Award), Rob Lever (Under-18s Player of the Year), Jack Murphy (Under-20s Player of the Year) and Jack Hughes who picked up the Young Player of the Year Award.

Big Hit went to Sean O’Loughlin for his tackle on Remi Casty against the Catalan Dragons in Montpellier, and the Peter Higginbottom Recognition Award was presented to statisticians Malc Clarke and Gordon Melling.

During the evening there was a thank you to all the departing players including Thomas Leuluai, Carmont, Stuart Fielden, Jeff Lima and Brett Finch.

And special guest Wiggins did not go home empty handed – he was given a special Life Membership Award to recognise his sporting achievements this year.