Huddersfield Giants captain Danny Brough is the world’s best stand-off – and that’s official!

The inspirational Giants goalkicking half-back was last night named the Stand-off of the Year at the 2013 Rugby League International Federation Player of the Year awards in Manchester.

The 30-year-old Super League Man of Steel pipped Australian NRL superstars Jonathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys and Australia), Kieran Foran (Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand) and James Maloney (Sydney Roosters) for the highly-prestigious honour.

Huddersfield and Scotland skipper Brough missed out on being named the International Player of the Year (that went to New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams), while teammates and England pair Leroy Cudjoe and Brett Ferres didn’t get the nod for Centre of the Year and Second-rower of the Year after being shortlisted.

 

But for three Huddersfield Giants to be part of such a glittering occasion shows how far the club have come.

And for Brough, who earlier this month led Scotland to the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup after being controversially left out of the England squad, this latest honour is further recognition of his world-class talent.

“This is yet another incredibly proud moment for me,” said Brough, who will return to Giants for pre-season training after Christmas.

“I keep on saying how this year has been the best year of my career, and this is yet again further proof to back that up.