TEENAGE Birstall rugby player Georgia Roche has picked up the inaugural Women's Super League Player of the Year award.

The 18-year-old, who plays for the Castleford Tigers, was nominated for the Parliamentary award by Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin earlier this year.

The England international already has one of Super League's most prestigious individual prizes under her belt - The Woman of Steel Award.

She was also shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award and the Golden Boot.

Ms Brabin, who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rugby League, said: “I am in awe of all Georgia has achieved at such a young age and incredibly proud to have been able to nominate her for the award.

“She is such a phenomenal young woman and a fantastic role model to others who may want to get into the sport."

Ms Roche said: “It was an amazing experience and really opened my eyes as to how many people are behind the women’s game as a whole.

“The future for rugby league in general is very bright and I’m looking forward to watching both the men and women’s game grow.”

She was presented with her award at the APPG’s annual charity dinner in the House of Lords.