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Josh Starling has been nominated for the Ken Stephen Medal which recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on field, but also contributed to community projects off-field.

Ken Stephen was an administrator who devoted 28 years to the NSWRL in various capacities who retired shortly before his death in 1988. Since 1988 the Award has honoured the likes of Wayne Pearce, Peter Sterling, Nathan Hindmarsh and Johnathan Thurston for their contributions to the game and the community.

A player is nominated by his club for his involvement in charity work, youth development or community support that demonstrates his ability as a community role model.

Nomination Criteria

  • Player must demonstrate their significant/unique contribution to the community through Rugby League
  • Player must demonstrate their NRL values of excellence, courage, inclusiveness and team work
  • Player must have a history of donating their own time to assist community organisations outside of regular Club commitments as well as shown empathy with the community.
  • Player must have been contracted as an NRL Player for a minimum of three years
  • Reputation intact on and off the field, Players that have been suspended for more than 3 weeks in the 2015 season will not be considered
  • Player must have played at least 5 NRL Games in the 2015 season

Rabbitohs and Raiders have not nominated for this year's medal.

To vote for Josh click here!

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