HENLEY Hawks prop Dave Manning has been named the club’s player of the year.
The 26-year-old, who is now in his fourth season, scored nine tries in the last campaign which saw the Hawks take the National League Division 2 South title and earn promotion.
He was presented withÂ a BremontÂ Martin Baker II chronometer at the club last week by Steven Green, the firm’s operations manager.
Manning, a corporalÂ and weapons technician based at RAF Benson,Â told the
Henley Standard: “I’m chuffed really, I didn’t expect it at the end of the season.
“I’m not really anyone who’s arrogant so just playing and being promoted was enough, but getting this on top of that was amazing.
“I personally had a good season but like always it’s about the team and we got promoted.”
The winner of the award is picked by Nigel Â Dudding, the club’s director of rugby, and coach Pete Â Davies.
Chairman Mike Trethewey said: “Within the forwards Dave would be number one on the team list.
“Even skipper Dave Clements, if he was in this conversation, he would agree. He is an absolute stalwart of the pack.”
New president Mike Thomas added: “You could put him anywhere on that field and he would be Â fantastic. We’re looking forward to him being at the core of our pack this year.”
Commercial manager Joanna Emmerson added: “Dave Clements and I were talking about him the other day and he was saying he’s the best prop across National 1.”
Bremont, which is based in Henley’s Marlow Road, is one of the club’s elite sponsors.Â