Tom Trbojevic

Manly's No.1 gun tops Turbo charged season with Dally M honour

Trbojevic became the third player in Manly history behind Cliff Lyons (1990 and 1994) and Matt Orford (2008) to win the award in a record-breaking year.

The Sea Eagles star polled 35 points, the second-highest count in rugby league history, ahead of Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary (30) and Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker (29).

Trbojevic’s teammate Daly Cherry-Evans and Roosters fullback James Tedesco (both 23) rounded out the top five.

How Souths are using suspended Latrell Mitchell as secret weapon to shut down Tom Trbojevic

Now South Sydney has its own plan of attack to stop Tom Trbojevic, even if five-eighth Cody Walker thinks it is not that black and white.

“I don’t think you can stop him,” he told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

“You’ve just got to limit that possession game.”

Manly prepare for Turbo's time in the garage

Mystery surrounds Trbojevic's immediate playing future after a high shot from Maika Sivo led to the gun No.1 coming from the field during Saturday's 56-10 thrashing of Parramatta.

A recurrence of a previous facial fracture appears to have spared Manly a more severe blow but is likely to mean the gun No.1 is not risked in coming weeks.

Trbojevic in a class of his own as Sea Eagles sink Sharks

Apart from his tries, Trbojevic tormented the Sharks with three line breaks, another four line break assists, three try assists, five off-loads, 14 tackle-busts, all on top of running for 217 metres. Little wonder coach Des Hasler gave him an early shower.

It gave Manly their 12th win against the Sharks in their past 14 meetings.

Cronulla cling to the top eight in eighth spot, but are now one of five teams stuck on 18 competition points all trying to jag a finals spot.

Tommy Turbo shuns comparisons with former greats

His captain Daly Cherry-Evans thinks it's premature to put Trbojevic alongside players like Melbourne's Australian fullback Billy Slater or Manly's legendary No.1 Brett Stewart – also a former Test fullback.

"He's always willing to learn. He's so young into his career," Cherry-Evans said Thursday.

"We all forget he's just three years playing NRL, so I won't be putting too much pressure into comparisons of where he stands right now or where he stands with past greats at fullback for Manly.

Trbojevic set to take fullback by storm

The 20-year-old first picked up the injury during the 2016 pre-season and aggravated it in the Anzac Day win over the Knights. Ideally he would have had it operated it on, but given Manly's horror injury toll, Trbojevic valiantly fought through the pain to see out the year before eventually going under the knife at season's end.