Titans forward Luke Douglas won the 2015 Ken Stephen Medal for his outstanding work in the community.

Some of the biggest names in rugby league including Paul Gallen, Darius Boyd, Trent Merrin and Moses Mbye have been nominated by their clubs for the 2016 Ken Stephen Medal presented by Telstra.

Voting has opened to select the 2016 Ken Stephen Medallist, with fans encouraged to select the player they believe best reflects leadership qualities befitting of the medal.

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The Ken Stephen Medal will be awarded during the 2016 Dally M Awards and recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved success and leadership on-field, but contributed to community projects off-field to make a positive difference and change.

2016 Ken Stephen Medal nominees:

Darius Boyd – Brisbane Broncos

Sia Soliola – Canberra Raiders

Moses Mbye – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Paul Gallen – Cronulla Sharks

William Zillman – Gold Coast Titans

Brenton Lawrence – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Nelson Asofa Solomona – Melbourne Storm

Trent Hodkinson – Newcastle Knights

John Asiata – North Queensland Cowboys

Tim Mannah – Parramatta Eels

Trent Merrin – Penrith Panthers

Joel Thompson – St George Illawarra Dragons

Kane Evans – Sydney Roosters

James Gavet – New Zealand Warriors

Dene Halatau – Wests Tigers

The Rabbitohs elect not to provide an individual nomination for the Ken Stephen Medal. 

NRL General Manager of Community, Ellen Beale said the nominated players had all demonstrated exceptional community service throughout the season, quite often away from the media and public.

"Rugby League is fortunate to have strong community values and players across all levels of the game who support one another and their local communities," Ms Beale said.

"Our NRL players are to be commended for their support and commitment to helping others less fortunate and the nominees for this year's Ken Stephen Medal are among some of the best in our game when it comes to service and sacrifice off the field."

All Ken Stephen Medal nominees this year will be officially congratulated and recognised at the 2016 NRL Community Awards, with nominees forming the inaugural NRL Community Team of the Year.

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