Inspirational captain Danny Brough has swept the board at the Giants’ annual club presentation night.
Just 24 hours after guiding Huddersfield to a top-of-the-table finish for the first time in 81 years to lift the Super League Leaders Shield, the 30-year-old was savouring major individual success.
As well as being named the Players’ Player of the Year, the Coaches’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year, Brough also collected the Wagstaff Trophy, voted for by members of the Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association as the player they would least like to leave the club.
The awards underline the importance of Brough throughout the season, with many now tipping the Giants star as the potential Super League Man of Steel.
The influential goal-kicking half-back admits being made club captain for the first time this year has helped bring the very best out of him.
But he also knows his teammates deserve a lot of the credit.
“I was proud to be made captain at the start of the year, and this season is the best I’ve had,” said Brough.
“And it’s been a fantastic few days, with these individual awards coming so soon after we won the League Leaders Shield.
“But the key to these successes obviously isn’t just down to me, it’s down to the way we’ve played throughout the year as a team.
“I’ve been able to profit from the work being done by everyone around me.
“Having said that, it’s still an amazing honour to pick up these awards.
“I hope there are some more still to collect before the season is over, because we don’t feel the job’s done yet.
“Winning the League is a tremendous achievement, and one the team has thoroughly deserved.
“The win over Wakefield made it eight on the trot and gives us a lot of momentum going into the play-offs.
“All the focus is now obviously on doing everything we can to lift the Super League trophy in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
“Winning the Shield proves we have the ability to do it.”
Brough’s awards were among many handed out on the night, with head coach Paul Anderson marking his first glorious season in charge by picking up the Outstanding Achievement Award for helping the club finish top for the first time in 81 years.
But Brough was also in the running for leading his side by example and closing in on several individual club records for points and goals scored in a season, while other nominations were young utility back Jake Connor for his hat trick for the England Youth side in their Test triumph in France and Dave Calverley for his tireless work with the HGSA and updating the Rugby League Heritage website.
The Claret Award for the forward who consistently made the best all-round contribution went to Eorl Crabtree, closely followed by Shaun Lunt, while the Gold Award for the best back went to Leroy Cudjoe, with Brough a close second.
Lunt also featured in several other categories, including the potential top tryscorer. He has 21 so far, with Jermaine McGillvary and Aaron Murphy close behind on 19 each.
And Lunt also finished second to Brough in the Supporters’ Player of the Year poll, with Murphy and Brett Ferres – the Community Player of the Year – joint third.
Connor made up for just missing out on the Outstanding Achievement award by picking up the Academy Player of the Year, while Matthew English was the Scholarship Player of the Year.
Finally, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Giants associate director Keith Burhouse and his family for their tireless voluntary work for the club over many decades.