Impressive Sunshine Coast Falcons hooker Harry Grant has climbed into the running for this year's prestigious Courier Mail Medal.
A product of the Yeppoon Seagulls, the Melbourne Storm contracted young gun sits in second place in the race to be crowned best and fairest player in this year's Intrust Super Cup.
Grant has polled 10 points after as many rounds to be within striking distance of the overall leader – Ipswich Jets captain and key forward Nat Neale (15).
Grant has been named in Melbourne's extended NRL squad for the clash against Manly at AAMI Park, but could yet slot back into the Falcons team for their clash against Redcliffe at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Falcons CEO Chris Flannery is pleased to see Grant making such a strong claim for NRL selection through his form with the Falcons.
"His overall toughness and work rate has been a feature of his game," Flannery said.
"He's played consistently well every week, and he's a very smart player who is obviously learning a lot from Cameron Smith down there."
Grant has represented Queensland as a schoolboy and at Under 18s and Under 20s level.
In 2017, he captained the Thunderbolts and was named RLPA NYC Player of the Year as well as Storm NYC Player of the Year.
Young halfbacks Zach Clay (Townsville) and Jake Clifford (Pride) are also in Courier Mail Medal contention approaching the halfway point of the season.
Both players have polled 10 points, with Mitch Frei (Wynnum Manly) and Brendon Gibb (Souths Logan) on eight.
Courier Mail Medal
15: Nat Neale (Ipswich Jets)
11: Harry Grant (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
10: Zach Clay (Townsville Blackhawks)
10: Jake Clifford (Northern Pride)
8: Mitch Frei (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
8: Brendon Gibb (Souths Logan Magpies)