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The New South Wales Rugby League has honoured the VB Blues junior players from the Holden State of Origin campaign at the second Brad Fittler Medal awards night, held on Tuesday evening at Sydneys La Montage function centre.

The awards paid tribute to the significant contribution volunteers make to Rugby League as well as acknowledging award winners from the Leagues competition.

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels congratulate Michael Doolan, who has been recognised for his talent and dedication to rugby league.

Rising talent Doolan received the Kari Aboriginal Resources NSW Under 16s Indigenous Player of the Year.

Doolan is a name to remember in the future, a member of the winning NSW Indigenous Under 16s match at All Stars.

Doolan also made the NSW Under 16s winning side before State of Origin I this year, along with assisting Parramatta win back-to-back Harold Matts finals, and the National Under 16s titles this year.

Under 16s Coach Chris Hutchinson has had the pleasure of coaching Michael for the past two years, and could not contain his pride for young star when he heard the news.

Michael has had a fantastic season this year; he does some amazing things on the field you could not imagine. Theres this recognisable spark which you dont see in many players," he said.

Hes a terrific kid and I think he definitely has potential to be a household name in NRL in the future.

The Brad Fittler Medal has become one of the big ticket events on the Rugby League Calender, confirmed by the response from sponsors, clubs and fans.

"Brad Fittler is involved with our organisation from Origin right down to a Junior League level," NSWRL Chief Executive, Mr David Trodden said.

"Freddy was one of our greatest players in the sky blue jersey but his work off the field continues to prove how much of an asset he is to the game."

Congratulations to Michael for his achievements!

Click here to see the full list of winners from the night!
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