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Matulino marks season as Warriors' best
06:09 AEST Thu Oct 4 2012

Consistent forward Ben Matulino was named player of the year at the New Zealand Warriors' gala dinner in Auckland on Wednesday.

Matulino became the fifth prop after Joe Vagana, Jerry Seuseu, Ruben Wiki and Steve Price to win the award.

The Kiwi international finished well clear of other nominees - hooker Nathan Friend, utility Ben Henry, captain Simon Mannering and back-rower Feleti Mateo.

"So many great players have won it before me. It's humbling knowing I've joined them in being named the player of the year," Matulino said.

"It's a great club to be a part of and I can't see myself playing anywhere else."

Despite the Warriors' disappointing campaign - they slipped over the last two months to finish 14th of 16 teams - Matulino maintained high standards throughout.

Henry was crowned young player of the year from Elijah Taylor and Konrad Hurrell.

In the final presentation of the night, the departing Micheal Luck was honoured with a tribute.

Luck played 150 games for the Warriors in seven seasons to finish his career with a total of 226 NRL appearances.