STANDING OUT: Hooker Ben Sullivan in possession for Warwick against Wattles in the TRL.
STANDING OUT: Hooker Ben Sullivan in possession for Warwick against Wattles in the TRL. Gerard Walsh

Warwick hooker making a bold challenge for TRL best in 2019

RUGBY LEAGUE: Hooker Ben Sullivan could become the third Warwick Cowboys winner of the TRL Player of the Year award.

Sullivan has been near the top of the leaderboard all season and is now in second place on 16 points, two behind leader Mitch Revell from Brothers.

After playing Queensland Cup footy with Norths and then travelling from Warwick to Ipswich each week to play for the Ipswich Jets, Sullivan returned to his hometown club two years ago.

Cowboys coach Matt Grew said the best aspects of his hooker's game was that he competed all the time.

"He puts in the effort and does what is in the best interests of the team. His toughness and competitiveness stand out,” Grew said.

"Ben has developed a strong combination this season with five-eighth Coedie Tandy.”

The first TRL Player of the Year from the Cowboys was halfback David Richards in the 1990s. Hooker Justin Croft was a joint winner in 2015 and Sullivan is in with a chance to make it three for the Warwick club.

The TRL draw for this weekend has been changed which puts Warwick against Souths at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday.

Grew has said all season he wanted the Cowboys to finish in the top-three and a win against equal sixth-placed Souths would go a long way to achieve that aim.

"If we win on Sunday, we will only need one win in the final two games to secure a top-three spot and two chances in the finals,” he said.

"We have two away games against Souths this season and lost the first one when we didn't play well in rain and fog.”

Warwick won't be at full strength with Matt Marshall, Joe Fuimaono and Cody Byrne out so Grew will be asking for a major effort by his team.