Whitehaven’s highly successful season is reflected in the number of nominees they have for this year’s Betfred League One awards.

The League One title winners have at least one contender in each of the three main categories - with the voting conducted through a poll of the head coaches of the 11 League One clubs.

Captain Marc Shackley is joined by Dion Aiye, the Papua New Guinea half-back who has become such a popular figure in several seasons in west Cumbria, to give Haven two representatives in the Player of the Year category.

However, they face competition from key figures in two of the teams currently battling for the second promotion position in the Play-Offs - Oldham’s Danny Langtree, and Nick Newman of Newcastle Thunder.

Gary Charlton is in the running for the Coach of the Year award, with competition from Scott Naylor, whose Oldham team will begin their Play-Off campaign at home to Doncaster this weekend after finishing second in the table.

Anthony Murray, who used to play for Workington Town, continues to earn admiration for his work with the North Wales Crusaders and has been nominated.

Whitehaven’s teenage wing Andrew Bulman is one of five nominees from five different clubs in the Young Player of the Year category. He is joined by two players from Super League clubs who have spent the season on loan in Betfred League One - Wigan’s Caine Barnes, who has impressed with Workington Town, and Callum Hazzard of St Helens, who has done likewise with North Wales Crusaders.

The five is completed by Jacob Jones, a Loughborough University student who joined Coventry Bears from London Broncos last winter; and Alex Clegg, a Northumbria University student originally from Castleford, and now playing for Newcastle Thunder.

Contenders for the Young Player of the Year award in each division had to be 21 or under at the start of 2019, and to have made a minimum of 10 first-team appearances.

The winners will be announced at the Betfred Championship and League One Awards Night at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on Tuesday, September 24 - which will be screened live on the RFL’s Our League app.

The Betfred Championship nominations are: Player of the Year: Andy Ackers (Toronto Wolfpack), Gareth O’Brien (Toronto Wolfpack), Jon Wilkin (Toronto Wolfpack).

Young Player of the Year: Matty Ashton (Swinton Lions), Keenan Brand (Widnes Vikings), Joe Cator (Leigh Centurions).

Coach of the Year: Mark Aston (Sheffield Eagles), James Ford (York City Knights), Brian McDermott (Toronto Wolfpack).