The Liam Farrell Column: Who got my Man of Steel vote?

Liam Farrell
Liam Farrell

I FILLED in my Man of Steel voting form yesterday.

We’re asked to rank three players in order of preference – we can’t vote for a team-mate – and it was a tough choice to make.

I think Micky McIlorum should be in with a shout

In the end, I went for an all-Leeds selection.

In third, I went for Jamie Peacock. Yes, I know he’s retiring at the end of the year, but his form has been fantastic and Leeds just aren’t the same side when he’s not playing.

I was torn for the main prize – between Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins.

Both have been outstanding this year, I went for Zak for Man of Steel because he’s probably had the bigger impact on the season.

But Kallum is a terrific player, a real freak of an athlete. There were times in the year when no-one could touch him.

As I mentioned, we can’t vote for our own team-mates, and it’ll be interesting to see if any Wigan players get shortlisted.

I think Micky McIlorum should be in with a shout, and John Bateman’s had a good year too. We may have a few in there, and rightly so – we’re second in the league and in a great chance to get the Grand Final.

I’LL miss Friday’s game at Hull FC, which is a shame because it’s been a while since I last played at the DW Stadium.

My recovery from injury is coming along well, I’m hoping to get back for the Castleford game – which would mean two more games out on the sidelines.

I can’t wait to get back, because I’m bored to death!

I went along to the last game, at London, and made my debut on the radio as a summariser.

It was okay, and it was good to see it from the Press Box – I quite enjoyed it.

I’ve obviously done plenty of interviews, so speaking into microphones is nothing new, but it was different to give my thoughts on a game like that.

Sometimes I wanted to say a bit more than I could, I tried to be nice and not criticise Catalans too much!

The first 40 minutes, we weren’t great. I didn’t go into the changing rooms but I imagine the feeling was one of disappointment.

But from the second-half we scored some nice tries and I think the fans who went along will have left happy.

MATTY Bowen has had games this year when he’s impressed. But in these last few weeks, he seems to have gone to another level and against Catalans he was brilliant. He showed just why Wigan signed him - and why he’s played for Queensland and Australia.

He can produce something special when you’re not expecting it. And I’m really chuffed for him because he took a bit of criticism earlier this year, but he works really hard and he’s really popular in the squad. Everyone likes him - he doesn’t show off about anything, he’s really unassuming and modest, a real quality person.