Josh Curran has followed his breakout 2021 season with a hot start to his 2022 campaign.
Despite being in a beaten side, the 22-year-old back rower turned plenty of heads with his outstanding performance in the Vodafone Warriors’ 16-28 first-round loss to St George Illawarra on Saturday.
Such was the quality of his display he was singled out as the best on the park by Dally M judge, former Kangaroos and Queensland prop David Shillington, who awarded him three Dally M points.
Curran has also been named player of the day by his Vodafone Warriors teammates and coaching staff after an effort which had 'everywhere man' written all over it.
In his 66 minutes on the field Curran was rarely out of the action.
On defence he equalled the game-high tackle count of 40 (just one miss) with Vodafone Warriors second rower Euan Aitken.
But it was his work with the ball which attracted constant attention form commentators and fans.
He made 107 metres from 11 runs, consistently testing the Dragons’ defensive line. He also passed the ball 10 times and had a line break and try assist (for Wayde Egan’s try) plus a tackle break and two off loads.
Curran’s all-round game also earned him 72 Fantasy points, among for the opening round of the season.