Having played in a multitude of positions all over the park, Kurt Mann has continually showed his immense value to the team in 2021.
The utility has played five-eighth, fullback, halfback and centre throughout the season and was consistently called upon by Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, to do the task at hand.
The 28-year-old was rewarded with a call-up to the Queensland camp for Game III of this year's State of Origin series and named 18th man for the game.
Mann started the season at five-eight playing a key hand in wins over the Bulldogs, Sharks and Raiders in the early part of the season.
In the latter part of the campaign, the utility transitioned to the centres forming a strong partnership with Hymel Hunt on the right edge in the run to the finals.
Mann featured in 22 out of the 25 games for the Newcastle Knights in 2021 scoring three tries.
Knights strike from the halfway line through Mann
Renowned for his utility value, Mann had strong stats across the board in 2021.
The 28-year-old had five forced drop outs and a tackle efficiency of 90.2%.
Mann also achieved a career-first, running for over 2000 metres at an average of 98 metres per game.
The 28-year-old has played 149 games at the top level and will achieve a special milestone at the start of the 2022 season.