David Klemmer has been crowned the 2017 Brad Fittler Medal at the NSWRL awards on Monday night.
The 23-year old had an impressive State of Origin, starting from the interchange bench in all three games.
The Bulldogs enforcer ran for more metres than any other forward from either side across the three-game series, with a total of 519 metres. He averaged 173 metres and 43.6 minutes per game.
The prop forward accepted the award in front of more than 600 guests at The Star Event Centre and said he was honoured to receive the medal from one of his idols.
“Growing up, Brad Fittler was one of my idols and to accept the award named after him is a special moment,” Klemmer said, “I wouldn’t have received this award without the players around me. As a Rugby League player you don’t necessarily think about individual honours but it’s nice to be recognised for my performance.”
Klemmer, becomes the second Bulldogs player to win the award following the efforts of Josh Jackson in 2016.