Rovers prop Baldwinson named young player of year

Jordan Baldwinson has been named the Championship young player of the year.
Jordan Baldwinson has been named the Championship young player of the year.

Featherstone Rovers prop Jordan Baldwinson was last night named Kingstone Press Championship young player of the year.

He beat Rovers team-mate Thomas Minns and Dewsbury Rams’ Joel Farrell who were also shortlisted for the award.

Baldwinson, a former England Academy player, has been a key figure in the Featherstone pack this year.

He received his award at the Kingstone Press Championship and League One awards dinner at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, where many of the other stars of the 2015 season were honoured.

Bradford Bulls stand-off Lee Gaskell was named Championship player of the year.

The 24-year-oldl, who pipped Leigh Centurions half-back Ryan Brierley and Halifax captain Scott Murrell to the coveted award.

Gaskell has played an important role for the Bulls in spearheading their charge to the Qualifiers as they aim for a swift return to the First Utility Super League.

Halifax coach Richard Marshall beat Paul Rowley of Leigh and Whitehaven’s James Coyle to the Kingstone Press Championship coach of the year award - capping off a remarkable first season for the ex-England Academy coach, who masterminded a nine-match winning run to secure a Qualifiers berth.