2017 NRL - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos

Smith wins Dally M Player of the Year

Cameron Smith has been crowned the 2017 Dally M Player of Year.

Smith won rugby league’s highest individual honour on Wednesday night by a comfortable margin, with the vote count stopped after 23 rounds and the 34-year-old seven votes clear.

It is the second time the Storm skipper has received the prestigious medal, after first winning it back in 2006.

The eleven-year gap between his Dally Ms is a testament to the incredible consistency Smith has displayed throughout his record-breaking 357-game career.

It is the second consecutive season a Storm player has taken home the award after Cooper Cronk received the medal last year.

This is now the fourth time in 11 years a Storm player has claimed the Dally M.

Being named the Player of the Year is a fitting accolade for Smith who has broken just about every NRL record possible this season.

Smith’s records in 2017:
Round 2 - first forward in the history of the premiership to score 2,000 points.
Round 5 - most wins in premiership history
Round 9 – most goals kicked in premiership rugby league (1,002)
Round 24 – first player to captain his side in 250 NRL games
Round 25 - first player in history of the premiership to notch 250 wins
Qualifying Final – broke record for most games played in NRL history
Preliminary Final – first payer to kick 1,000 premiership goals

Smith was also named the Dally M Captain of the Year for the third time and Dally M Hooker of the Year for the seventh time in his career.

He also captained Storm to a second consecutive Minor Premiership and on Sunday night will lead Melbourne into an NRL Grand Final for the sixth time in his career.

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