2021 Merv Cartwright Medal

Cleary claims 2021 Merv Cartwright Medal

Panthers Media | 25th November 2021

Panthers co-captain Nathan Cleary has capped off his stellar 2021 season by winning the prestigious Merv Cartwright Medal.

It is Cleary’s second consecutive Merv Cartwright Medal, having also claimed the club’s top honour following the 2020 NRL season.

The Panthers halfback was announced as the winner by Mary Jones, the daughter of Merv Cartwright, at the club’s annual awards night held in Penrith on Thursday.

Earlier in the evening Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards received the John Farragher Award for Courage and Determination, in recognition of his incredible bravery playing through the 2021 NRL Finals Series with a broken foot.

Izack Tago was named the Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year while Brian To’o was revealed as the Members Player of the Year.

Panthers Marketing Manager Darren Micallef was announced Club Person of the Year.

Panthers members selected Stephen Crichton’s Grand Final intercept try as the OAK Plus Try of the Year while Mitch Kenny claimed the Senior Education Award for his academic achievements in 2021.

Award Recipient
Merv Cartwright Medal Nathan Cleary
John Farragher Award Dylan Edwards
Senior Education Award Mitch Kenny
OAK Plus Try Of The Year Stephen Crichton
Club Person Of The Year Darren Micallef
Members Player Of The Year Brian To’o
Ben Alexander Rookie Of The Year Izack Tago




I watched the stream of this last night and gee it was drawn out.

Congrats to all, Edwards must be sure proud and well deserving of the John Farragher award.

Must admit I voted for Leota for members player of the year, and was hoping Yeo took out the top gong.


Nathan was going to be hard to knock of for the top honour this year.

Also, big shot in the arm for Izack Tago. The Rookie of the Year usually gets earmarked for a bumper year. The last two winners being Stephen Crichton (2020) and Brian T’o’o (2019).


I remember in 19 that To’o was in fine company of challengers for that title.
Goes to show that sometimes a little adversity can bring future rewards.

Out of our premiership squad, To’o, Kenny, Staines, Burton, Naden all debuted in the past 2 years (plus Tago, Smith, Hop’good this year).

Not to mention Martin and Leota have gone from part time bench players to full time members of the team