Danny Brough was “gobsmacked” when he was named as the winner of the prestigious Man of Steel award.
The Huddersfield captain lifted the top prize at a glittering awards ceremony in Manchester after being adjudged to have made the biggest impact on Super League in 2013.
Brough, who guided the Giants to their first top-table finish for 81 years and to within 80 minutes of a maiden Grand-Final, got the big prize ahead of Leeds’ former England captain Jamie Peacock and Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin.
It enabled Brough to complete a hat-trick after a string of consistent impressive displays earned him the Albert Goldthorpe Medal for the second time while last week he was named as the Rugby League Writers’ Association player of the year.
“I was pretty gobsmacked,” Brough said. “There are many great players in the game and, for me to receive this many awards, it’s the best year I’ve had in my career by far.
“It’s probably the best I’ve played so that’s probably the reason I’ve got the rewards I’ve got.”