Barrow’s Morgan Knowles has been named in the Super League Dream Team for 2020.

This is the second year in a row that the St Helens loose forward has been selected.

The 24-year-old began his rugby career playing for Ulverston ARLFC before joining Barrow Island ARLFC.

John Jefferson, secretary and vice-chairman at Barrow Island ARLFC, coached Knowles when the now St Helens star was a youngster.

Mr Jefferson said: “It is excellent news, he fully deserves it.

“After watching all of his games this year I wasn’t surprised at all that he was picked.

“He has been outstanding this year.”

Mr Jefferson said Knowles could go “right to the top” of rugby league.

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Knowles, who has scored two tries in 17 appearances this season, is one of three St Helens players named in the Dream Team.

Teammates Jonny Lomax and Alex Walmsley were also chosen.

St Helens face rivals Wigan Warriors in the Super League Grand Final on Friday.

St Helens and Knowles won last year’s final after a 23-6 win over Salford Red Devils.

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In addition to the local hostility between the two sides, there will also be an added Barrow rivalry on the pitch.

Wigan Warriors’ Brad Singleton is from Barrow as well as Morgan Knowles.

Singleton too was coached by Mr Jefferson as a youngster.

With two former Barrow Island ARLFC players on the pitch, Mr Jefferson revealed that he will not be picking sides.

“I wouldn’t like to say who I think will win,” he began.

“It could go either way. They are both good sides and I hope both Barrow players have a good game.

“It depends on who turns up on the day really but I wish the best of luck to both of them.”

Wigan Warriors’ assistant coach John Winder is also a Barrovian.

Chris Kendall will referee the Super League Grand Final at Hull’s KCOM Stadium.