THE Dragons’ season may have been stopped in its tracks by coronavirus but Argus readers still get their annual chance to honour their top performer.

Voting is open for the Argus Dragon of the Year with six of Dean Ryan’s squad in the running for the honour.

Back row forward Taine Basham, tighthead prop Leon Brown, fly-half Sam Davies, loosehead prop Brok Harris, lock Matthew Screech and scrum-half Rhodri Williams are the candidates after strong campaigns for the region.

Throughout the coming days we are giving the lowdown on the potential winners that are looking to succeed last year’s winner Aaron Wainwright.

Today’s nominee is BROK HARRIS

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At the start of the season it looked like the veteran prop would be slowly taken out of the firing line but he would remain as pivotal as ever.

The South African has been a mainstay of the front row since arriving from the Stormers in 2014, first as a tighthead and then as a loosehead because of the emergence of Wales international Leon Brown.

Harris headed into 2019/20 with 108 appearances to his name from five seasons in Wales and had another influential campaign, despite starting it on a short-term contract.

The 35-year-old shouldered a heavy burden in the absence of Ryan Bevington, who suffered a serious knee injury in the opening round loss against Munster, and new recruit Jack Cosgrove, who was forced to retire after a training ground injury.

Harris made 14 appearances until suffering a chest injury against Glasgow in February and racked up the minutes.

The prop started and finished all three festive derby tussles against the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys, with his performance in outplaying Wales international Samson Lee having a big say in the dramatic win against the men from Llanelli.

Along with Brown, he ensured that the Dragons' set piece made great strides and his influence wasn't just shown on the field.

Harris is a on hand to provide top tips for up-and-coming props Josh Reynolds and Chris Coleman, making a contract extension a no-brainer for boss Dean Ryan.

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"His performance levels are always consistent, which marks him out as a leader," said the director of rugby.

"He's a good role model for our younger players and is helping them with their development."

The affable Harris is hugely popular with teammates and supporters and has loved being such an instrumental figure for new boss Ryan as he nears the end of his playing career.

“I’m just happy to play,” said Harris in January. “Whatever is expected of me I will do.

"I will just keep my head down, play and try and perform, week in and week out, to keep the standards high.

“The average age is a little bit higher when myself and Hibbs (Richard Hibbard) play!

“There is experience between us and we are just trying to let the younger guys learn and try to pass our experience down to them.”

After a season with 1 on his back, providing quality along with the quantity of minutes, it will be a surprise if Harris doesn't remain an leading light on the pitch at Rodney Parade as well as the training field in Ystrad Mynach.

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