KEIGHLEY Cougars are this evening delighted to announce that Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e has won the Betfred League 1 Young Player of the Year award.

Phoenix, who joined the club prior to this season from Leicester Tigers Rugby Union, has made 10 appearances for the club this season and has created several memorable moments throughout the year.

After debuting alongside dad Quentin in March’s Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy loss to Bradford, they would create magic with their superb link-up try in June’s home victory against the West Wales Raiders.

More recently, Phoenix sent the Cougars support into raptures with an outstanding late winner in the 28-26 victory away at Doncaster earlier this month.

And his performances have caught the eye of Tony Smith, with Phoenix earning a deal with Betfred Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers until the end of the 2023 season.

Phoenix won the award, voted for by the Betfred League 1 head coaches, ahead of Cougars teammate Charlie Graham and Brad Holroyd of Workington Town.

By Joshua Chapman