Who do you believe has been the stand-out player for Whitehaven's title-winning side this season? Here is your chance to make your selection to win the Whitehaven News / News & Star Player of the Year. JOHN WALSH looks at five possible winners – then it is all up to you!


Another powerful season from the skipper, who has enjoyed a hugely successful spell since returning to the Recreation Ground.

Leading by example could have been written for ‘Shacks’ as he’s put in numerous high-profile performances during the campaign.

Never one to shirk work, he has put in more than one full 80 minute shift at prop to earn the admiration of his coaches and team-mates.


Like a good wine, Aiye gets better with age and like Shackley is a deserving nominee for the League One player of the year.

The coaching team made an early decision to use him as an impact player after starting on the bench, and that has proved a highly successful play.

So strong, determined and energetic, he has helped unsettle most defences with his committed running and tackling.


After being on the fringes during previous stints at Whitehaven and Workington, Moore has really found his niche this time round.

Haven’s top points-scorer over the campaign with 144, he established himself in the second row as a strong-running, hard-tackling operator.

Figures and appearances would have been higher but for a troublesome hamstring injury, but fully fit and firing he must be looking forward to the challenge of the Championship.


Mr Dependable all his career at Town and Haven, Mossop has also enjoyed a rejuvenated spell since switching to the Recreation Ground.

One of the best tackling centres in the division, he has played a major role in the side’s “they shall not pass” attitude which earned them the best defence in League One.

He reached a memorable milestone during the season of 300 career appearances and should be looking to add to his tally in the Championship.


A more mature and disciplined player than in his time at Workington, Phillips has developed into one of the best half-backs in the division.

Still capable of some off-the-cuff wizardry, his whole-hearted approach to his rugby has made him a key component of Haven’s well-oiled machine.

The Championship should provide no fears for next season when his impish, committed approach can produce an effective launch-pad for newly promoted Haven.


One of only two travelling men in the squad at the start of the season, it’s a tribute to Taylor’s commitment he’s thought of as a local.

Alongside Jason Mossop, another superb tackler in the centre, he helped create the meanest defence in League One, with only 283 points conceded in 20 games. A smart finisher, too, with an eye for a try he can look back on another season in which he has been an important team member.

Overall, though, it was such a whole-hearted team effort by Whitehaven there are likely to be more names than usual put forward by readers with the likes of Sam Forrester, Jordan Burns, Brett Phillips, Andrew Bulman, Dave Thompson and rookie Tom Wilkinson having their supporters.

To vote, send your selection via email to sport.wn@cnmedia.co.uk with ‘Haven POY’ in the subject line. The deadline for votes is midnight next Tuesday (October 1).