Captain Jake Friend was outstanding on the defensive end of the floor for the Sydney Roosters in 2018 and was in career best form during the home stretch of the season.
He was a hard worker both on and off the field as the leader of his Club and led the way on the defensive end of the field as he was the top tackler in the NRL in 2018.
If defence wins Premierships, then the Captain deserves a pat on the back for being a top contributor in what was a successful year for the Club.
PHOTO OF THE YEAR
Friend goes toe-to-toe with Darius Boyd in the midst of a 73 tackle game.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
ROUND 19 V SEA EAGLES AT LOTTOLAND
KEY STATS: 2 try assists, 4 tackle breaks, 46 tackles, 70 kicking metres
Friend will return for his 12th pre-season in 2019 and will no doubt be leading with the front foot once again.