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Inglis voted the best by his peers

16/07/2008 02:02:33 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne Storm superstar Greg Inglis is the best player in the NRL, according to his peers.

Inglis, 21, became the youngest-ever player to received the honour in the 22-year history of the poll by Rugby League Week magazine.

A total of 100 players representing all NRL clubs voted anonymously, with Inglis earning 22 votes, three ahead of last year's winner, North Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston.

The announcement came after Inglis scored a hat-trick in a best afield performance on Monday in the Storm's 30-18 win over Wests Tigers.

"It's a real honour to be voted by my peers as the best player in the game," said Inglis, who also starred for Queensland in this year's State of Origin series victory.

"It's come as a bit of a shock because there are so many great players in the NRL - Cam Smith, Darren Lockyer, Thurston, the list goes on.

"There are so many brilliant players that it's quite a humbling experience to be voted the best.

"But I know I've really only just started my career in the past few years and I've got a long way to go before I reach my full potential.

"I've just got to keep working hard on my game to become the best player I can be and help my teammates as much as I can."

Inglis has scored eight tries in his last three club games, including hat-tricks against North Queensland and the Tigers.

He was also voted the best centre in the game by RLW, despite spending most of the season at five-eighth.

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