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Tedesco snubbed for top gong as Makinson earns Golden Boot

Tedesco snubbed for top gong as Makinson earns Golden Boot

England winger Tom Makinson completed a meteoric climb to the top of the global tree when he was named as victor of the 2018 Golden Boot.

Makinson beat off competition from England team-mate Elliott Whitehead, New Zealand captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Australia full-back James Tedesco.

He beat off competition from global team-mate Elliott Whitehead, Kiwi skipper Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Australia captain James Tedesco, who many Down Under felt should have scooped the gong.

Makinson is only the fifth Englishman to win the award, following in the footsteps of Ellery Hanley, Garry Schofield, Andy Farrell and Kevin Sinfield.

The award recognises the most outstanding performance of players in worldwide matches and covered all fully sanctioned global games played from last December's World Cup final to last week's second Test between England and New Zealand.

"I had my injury doubts for two years".

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"In Hull, in my opinion, he was man of the match and the same again last week".

"If you look at the three games he's had for England, he's been outstanding, absolutely outstanding", Bennett said.

"He did not come on to my radar until this year, and did not realise he was this good".

The 22-year-old was awarded the honours in Leeds, England earlier today, beating out fellow Australians Ali Brigginshaw and Brittany Breayley, as well as New Zealand winger Honey Hireme and English star Georgia Roche for the top gong.

The new rules for the Golden Boot see it based on worldwide games only, including the 2017 World Cup final, which has led to controversy with former players Garry Schofield and Brad Fittler, amongst others, critical of it.

Roosters and Australian centre Isabelle Kelly was named the inaugural Golden Boot victor from the women's game after a starring season.