Simmons named Penrith's best

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Winger David Simmons has been named the Penrith Panthers’ Merv Cartwright Player of the Year for 2013.

He also finished the year as one of the NRL’s leading try scorers, alongside James McManus from the Newcastle Knights and David Williams from the Manly Sea Eagles.

Panthers Coach Ivan Cleary says David had one of the best seasons of his career.

“David’s had a wonderful season. He has displayed a combination of skill, courage and durability to win this accolade,” Cleary said.

“This award is a tribute to his tremendous on-field contribution and it’s a fitting reward for Dave’s unconditional commitment to our club.”

Other players who have also been recognised for their achievements:

Windsor Wolves Player of the Year: Sam Anderson
NYC Player of the Year: Daniel Foster
Panthers Clubman of the Year: Kevin Kingston
Panthers Courage and Determination Award: Nigel Plum
Panthers Members Player of the Year: David Simmons
Panthers Rookie of the Year Award: Matt Moylan

The awards were presented at the club’s annual presentation evening, held last night.

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