Guide to the Dally M Awards
There's a large Raiders contingent heading to the Dally M awards tonight in Sydney and chances are a few of them will be bringing some silverware home.
Check out our full guide to tonight's festivities below.
Who's in with a chance? Josh Hodgson.
Biggest challengers? Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Jason Taumalolo.
The Raiders star Hooker was two points behind the lead in the Dally M voting when it went behind closed doors. The Storm duo of Smith and Cronk occupied the top of the leaderboard and look the most likely to challenge for the award.
A one-game suspension for a dangerous tackle in Round 23 against the Storm meant Hodgson was deducted three Dally M points, which could prove crucial in the final counting.
Coach of the Year
Who's in with a chance? Ricky Stuart.
Biggest Challengers? Craig Bellamy, Shane Flanagan, Neil Henry, Brad Arthur.
Very few would have predicted the Raiders would finish the season in second place and fall just one game short of making it into the grand final.
The work Ricky has done in turning the Raiders around and setting the NRL world alight with an exciting brand of football makes him a leading contender for coach of the year.
Captain of the Year
Who's in with a chance? Jarrod Croker.
Biggest Challengers? Cameron Smith, Paul Gallen, Johnathon Thurston.
In just his second year as captain, Croker is a strong chance at usurping veteran's Smith, Gallen and Thurston for the captain of the year award.
Top Point Scorer
Croker is a runaway winner of the 2016 top point scorer award, finishing the season with a club record 276 points. This will be the second year in a row Croker has collected the award.
Winger of the Year
Who's in with a chance? Jordan Rapana.
Biggest Challengers? Josh Mansour, Suliasi Vunivalu, Valentine Holmes, Corey Oates.
Rapana's incredible season should see him collect the winger of the year award tonight. Panthers and Blues flyer Josh Mansour looms as his biggest challenger to the title.
Centre of the Year
Who's in with a chance? Jarrod Croker and Joey Leilua.
Biggest Challengers? Joey Leilua and Jarrod Croker.
It appears to be a two-man race for the Dally M centre of the year, with Joey Leilua and Jarrod Croker the standouts.
Five-Eighth of the Year
Who's in with a chance? Blake Austin
Biggest Challengers? Anthony Milford, Mitch Moses, James Maloney.
Austin's breakout season last year saw him rewarded with the Dally M five-eighth of the year award. Injuries have disrupted Austin this season, opening the door for Anthony Milford or James Maloney to take over as five-eighth of the year.
Second-rower of the Year
Who's in with a chance? Josh Papalii.
Biggest Challengers? Josh Jackson, Wade Graham, Matt Gillett, Tyson Frizell.
Raiders Meninga Medal winner Josh Papalii has put together the best season of his career this year, and is a solid chance of claiming the second-rower of the year. Josh Jackson is reigning winner, with Wade Graham, Matt Gillett and Tyson Frizell all having strong claims for the award.
Hooker of the Year
Who's in with a chance? Josh Hodgson.
Biggest Challenger? Cameron Smith.
A brilliant sophmore year by Hodgson in the NRL has him in with a very strong shot at claiming the hooker of the year award. Storm stalwart Smith is the closest challenger.
Provan Summons Medal
Who's in with a chance? Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson.
Biggest Challengers? Johnathon Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith, James Maloney.
The Provan Summons Medal is the people's choice award for the best NRL player of the season. Thurston has won the award the past two years. Fan favourites Hodgson and Croker are likely to poll very high and could knock Thurston off his perch this year.
Ken Stephen Medal
Raiders clubman of the year Sia Soliola is a finalist for the Ken Stephen Medal and will go up against Tim Mannah, Joel Thompson and Kane Evans for the prestigious award. The Ken Stephen Medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved success and leadership on-field, but contributed to community projects off-field to make a positive difference and change.