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NSW Blues fullback James Tedesco.

Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues fullback James Tedesco is still in the running for the RLIF Golden Boot award after making it on to the shortlist of the final four players.

The Australian Kangaroos and Sydney Roosters No.1 was joined by New Zealand captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, and England duo Elliott Whitehead and Tommy Makinson for the prestigious gong that recognises the best international player in the game.

Blues skipper Boyd Cordner was on the initial list that included 10 players from four nations in Australia, New Zealand, England and Tonga but did not make it on to the next phase.

Tedesco has enjoyed a remarkable season after capturing a premiership with the Roosters, winning the Origin shield with the Blues and winning the one-off Test against Tonga.

He also took home the Brad Fittler Medal as the Blues’ best player, the Jack Gibson Medal for the Roosters and was named man of the match against Tonga.

In another boost for the Blues, dynamic centre Isabelle Kelly is still in the running for the first ever women’s Golden Boot award. She is vying against fellow Jillaroos Ali Brigginshaw and Brittany Breayley, and Kiwi Ferns Honey Hireme and England’s Georgia Roche.

The winners will be announced at the Hall of Fame and RLIF Golden Boot dinner which will be held at Elland Road, Leeds, on Wednesday, November 7. The award is chosen by a panel of rugby league media from both the northern and southern hemispheres. 

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