History has been created at the Dally M awards, with Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne crowned the first-ever dual winners of the NRL's highest individual honour.
Thurston joined Andrew Johns as the only players to earn three Dally M wins, while it was the second win for Parramatta superstar Hayne.
The recognition further cements Thurston's place as a rugby league great, despite the fact a premiership still eludes him at the North Queensland Cowboys.
In a thrilling finish to the night's vote count, Thurston and Hayne finished the 26 premiership rounds on 32 points - three ahead of third-placed Sam Burgess.
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