The nominees for the 2019 Golden Boot award have been named with Bulldogs rookie Brandon Wakeham amongst a host of stars in line for the prestigious award.
The award recognises the best male and female player in the world on the international scene, with the winners announced once the final scheduled games for the year are complete.
Wakeham has featured in all three of Fiji Bati’s test matches this year and has played a starring role in the halfback position.
He scored a try, kicked eight goals and was named man of the match in the mid-season test match win against Lebanon, kicked five goals and had two try assists in the 44-18 win over Samoa as well as kicking three conversions in Fiji’s Oceania Cup victory over PNG in Christchurch.
The 2019 season all saw the talented local junior make his NRL debut against the Cronulla Sharks.
Wakeham joins Fijian teammates Viliame Kikau and Kevin Naiqama as contenders for the award.
The other contenders for the men's Golden Boot include: Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Tui Lolohea, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Damien Cook, Payne Hass, John Bateman, Viliame Kikau, Kevin Naiqama and Brandon Wakeham.
In the women’s golden boot award, Australian Jillaroos pair Jess Sergis and Ali Brigginshaw have been nominated.
Sio Siua Taukeiaho: Tonga
Tui Lolohea: Tonga
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: New Zealand
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves: New Zealand
Damien Cook: Australia
Payne Hass: Australia
John Bateman: Great Britain
Viliame Kikau: Fiji
Kevin Naiqama: Fiji
Brandon Wakeham: Fiji
Jess Sergis: Australian Jillaroo
Ali Brigginshaw: Australian Jillaroo