Newcastle's gun fullback Tamika Upton has been crowned the NRLW Dally M Medal winner for 2023 as she heads into Sunday's decider against the Titans looking to cap a sizzling season with a premiership.
Upton scored five tries in 10 games this season and also contributed eight try assists and 11 line breaks as Newcastle surged to the minor premiership on the back of an 8-1 record.
The three-time NRLW premiership winner played a crucial role in the club's maiden premiership push in 2022 and will look to lead the Knights to back-to-back titles on Sunday.
"This is definitely not an individual award," Upton said.
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"From the moment I stepped foot there I've felt supported from the staff and everyone involved and that spreads to my teammates, I'm pretty lucky to be surrounded by the most amazing players and people.
"My family, I know they're supporting me back home and it's pretty tough living away but I need to send a shoutout to the Southwell family because having a home away from home is pretty special."