TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27: Jason Taumalolo of the Cowboys smiles after scoring a try during the round 16 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27: Jason Taumalolo of the Cowboys smiles after scoring a try during the round 16 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Lock: Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)

After last season's Team of the Year nod for the same award, Jason Taumalolo is the only player we've predicted to go back-to-back on awards night.

The Cowboys big man has made a massive influence on their season so far, with the 23-year-old playing in all but two games.

Taumalolo is in the top five of the league for hit ups and running metres, and will be a big factor in how far North Queensland go in September.

Honourable mentions: Paul Gallen (Sharks), Trent Merrin (Panthers), Sam Burguess (Rabbitohs), Dale Finucane (Storm)

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