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Wests Tigers vice-captain Elijah Taylor has tonight been awarded the Kelly-Barnes Award for the 2017 Wests Tigers NRL Player of the Year.

Taylor was presented with the honour at the Club’s Presentation Night this evening, which was held in front of more than 400 guests at Le Montage in Lilyfield.

The 27-year-old, who recently extended his contact at Wests Tigers until the end of 2020, also took out the Members’ Player of the Year Award following a superb season.

Playing his first full season at Wests Tigers, Taylor was a standout for Ivan Cleary’s side throughout the year — averaging more than 42 tackles per game while also contributing five tries, four linebreaks and a try-assist. Despite missing three games with a shoulder injury, Taylor still finished fifth in the NRL for most tackles made this year with 891.

Taylor took out the top award as one of five finalists that included captain Aaron Woods, David Nofoaluma, Kevin Naiqama and James Tedesco.

Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Elijah on winning the Kelly-Barnes Award!

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Date of Birth — 27th February, 1990

Position — Lock, Second Row, Hooker

Junior Club — Patea Rugby Club (Rugby Union), Otahuhu Leopards

Rep. Honours — 10 Tests for New Zealand (2011-13)



2016 — Mitchell Moses

2015 — James Tedesco

2014 — Aaron Woods

2013 — Liam Fulton

2012 — Aaron Woods

2011 — Gareth Ellis

2010 — Gareth Ellis

2009 — Gareth Ellis


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