Huddersfield Giants half-back Danny Brough named Super League Man of Steel for 2013
Huddersfield's Danny Brough has capped an outstanding season by being named Super League's Man of Steel for 2013.
Last Updated: 01/10/13 10:05am
The goal-kicking stand-off, who will feature for Scotland in the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup, was influential in the Giants topping the regular-season table for the first time in 81 years.
Huddersfield's captain claimed the prestigious award ahead of Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin and Leeds veteran Jamie Peacock, who won the honour while with Bradford back in 2003.
Brough is the second Huddersfield player to be name Man of Steel in five seasons, following full-back Brett Hodgson in 2009.
The Giants received further recognition for their best-ever Super League campaign when Paul Anderson was named coach of the year at the end of his first season in the job.
Anderson was formerly assistant to 2009 Coach of the Year Nathan Brown before taking over the reigns; he came within 80 minutes of guiding the Giants into the Grand Final, only to suffer a 30-22 defeat to Warrington last week.
Brough's stellar season also earned him the Albert Goldthorpe Medal for the second time, and he was last week named as the Rugby League Writers' Association player of the year.
The 30-year-old broke Ben Gronow's 93-year-old club record of 147 goals in a season, while he also surpassed Pat Devery's record for points-in-a-season set in 1953.
Meanwhile, Hull's 20-year-old centre Ben Crooks was named young player of the year at the glittering ceremony in Manchester, and his team-mate Danny Houghton was named hit man of the year after topping the tackle count.
St Helens were named as the club of the year and lifetime achievement awards were presented to former Bradford, Wigan and Huddersfield prop Stuart Fielden and ex-Wigan, Hull, Hull KR and Widnes full-back Shaun Briscoe to mark their retirements.