Super League: Danny Brough expresses surprise after winning Man of Steel award
Danny Brough claimed he was "gobsmacked" to be named as the winner of Super League's Man of Steel award for 2013.
Last Updated: 01/10/13 11:49am
The Huddersfield half-back was presented with the prestigious prize at a ceremony in Manchester after he was adjudged to have made the biggest impact on the league this year.
Brough, who guided the Giants to their first league-leading finish in 81 years and to within 80 minutes of a maiden Grand-Final, won the award ahead of Leeds prop Jamie Peacock and Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin.
It enabled Brough to complete a hat-trick after he also earned the Albert Goldthorpe Medal for the second time and had already been named Rugby League Writers' Association player of the year.
"I was pretty gobsmacked. 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," Brough said.
"It's probably the best I've played so that's probably the reason I've got the rewards I've got."
In addition to inspiring Huddersfield to their best-ever Super League season, Brough broke Ben Gronow's club record of 147 goals and Pat Devery's record for points in a season.
The 30-year-old says his appointment as captain by coach Paul Anderson proved to be the catalyst for his record-breaking season.
"It's meant I've had to lead from the front in every game, not take a step back and, when things haven't been going so good, I've had to try to step up," he said.
"All the lads have respected me and chipped in when they've had to. I just turn up and play. I'm not one that thinks about it too much.
"I play off the cuff but, since I've had the captaincy, I've had to try to stand up and be pretty basic - not have one good game in four.
"I've had to try to have four good games out of four and I think that's stood me in good stead."
Huddersfield completed a notable double when Anderson was named as coach of the year in his first full season in the job, an award applauded by his skipper.
Brough said: "I was absolutely overjoyed for Baloo. He's put a lot of hard work in this year and he's been straight down the line."