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Sergis stunned by breakout 2019 season

Jess Sergis has continued her quest to make up for lost time after she capped off her tremendous club year with a second top gong on Monday night.

Sergis was named the NRLW Players' Champion on Monday night, with the top award voted by her peers now sitting on the mantle alongside Dally M women's player of the year.

The 22-year-old's breakout year comes after one of the toughest seasons of her life, where she was reduced to just six games across state leagues, NRLW and representative football in 2018.

That included her being ruled out of what would have been just her second match for the Jillaroos last year, when she succumbed to injury in the captain's run.

"I'm really proud of myself for this year," she said.

"I have done everything that I wanted to do. I've ticked all those boxes and looked after myself and given it my all.

"To be voted by your peers. I play alongside them and against them week in and week out ... I'm honoured and grateful, and shocked to be honest.

"I can't believe what 2019 has given me."

A star of St George Illawarra's run to the NRLW grand final, Sergis is ready to thrive in the Nines World Cup this weekend with the open-game expected to suit her style.

Sergis led the NRLW this year for tackle busts with 15, averaging close to 125 metres per game as she crossed for three tries.

"To see her come back and have an outstanding NRLW season and get picked up for representative football (is great)," Jillaroos coach Brad Donald said.

"She was great for NSW, she was great for the Dragons.

"She has had a killer season and I can't wait to see her go around in the Nines and the Test match."

© AAP 2019