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Warrington Wolves winger Joel Monaghan tips teammate for Man of Steel and England call-up
JOEL Monaghan has backed a Warrington Wolves hooker to pick up Man of Steel this year, but not the one you might think.
The 31-year-old winger would normally be expected to vote for his brother Michael when choosing his favourite number nine, but this season he believes there should be only one winner.
“Micky Higham has got to be one of the best players in the competition at the moment,” said Wolves’ prolific try scorer, who has recently signed a two-year contract extension keeping him in primrose and blue until the end of the 2016 season.
“Micky has stepped up this last few years with Mick’s injury and he is up there as one of the form hookers in the competition in my eyes.
“There are the big names that always get mentioned for Man of Steel awards and Micky will probably miss out, but he is a player you want to play with and he does a great job for us every single week.”
St Helens hooker James Roby would be able to tell Higham all about being overlooked for Super League’s highest individual honour, having missed out the past two seasons to Rangi Chase and Sam Tomkins.
Roby, who is a safe bet to be England’s number nine at the World Cup later this year, has been out injured for much of the season and Monaghan reckons that could be a good enough reason to give Higham a chance in an England jersey.
“Everyone is talking about Roby and that he might be injured for the World Cup,” he said.
“I tell you what, Micky Higham would not look out of place in an English jumper this year.
“His work ethic in training and what he does for us in games is huge.”
Higham has been one of Wolves’ ever-presents this season, having already beaten his previous Wolves best with 11 tries in 26 appearances so far this term.
This form has been good enough to earn the 32-year-old a two-year contract extension keeping him at Warrington until November 2015, though with Roby set to return to match action before the end of the current season Higham is likely to get overlooked for international duty come October.
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