Storm Captain Cameron Smith has cemented his place as a Rugby League legend.
Overnight, he won his second Dally M Medal.
Ben Downie reports.
It was a big night for the Melbourne club.
They took home six awards including Smith’s two other gongs for ‘best captain’ and ‘best hooker’.
Billy Slater won for ‘best fullback’, Craig Bellamy for ‘best coach’ and Suliasi Vunivalu as ‘top tryscorer’.
Smith now has the chance to win an Origin series, a Dally M, premiership and World Cup glory, a feat never achieved in the game.
But in his typical humble fashion he’s not letting it get to his head.
Cameron Smith, Melbourne Storm Captain: “Everyone knows it’s a team sport not an individual sport, and I need to thank all my teammates and obviously my coaches for the help that they’ve given me this year to allow me to do what I’ve done on the footy field.”
It been 11 years since Smith was named the game’s best for the first time.
Storm’s opponents in Sunday’s Grand Final, the North Queensland Cowboys had a good showing of their own.
Winger Kyle Feldt won the award for ‘best try’ and Dally M runner-up Michael Morgan won the award for ‘best halfback’.
Smith beat 25 year-old Morgan by a large margin of eight votes.
Not bad for a 34 year old.
Ben Downie, QUT News.