Douglas voted Scottish player of 2013

St Helens ace Luke Douglas will start at prop for Scotland

Prop Luke Douglas ended his debut campaign with the Bravehearts by winning the Dave Valentine Award (Scottish Senior Player of the Year).

Douglas, 27, beat former Gold Coast teammate Matty Russell into second, whilst Bradford’s Danny Addy and Huddersfield’s Danny Brough came joint-third in the decision made by head coach Steve McCormack and his assistants Dave Rotheram and John Duffy.

Douglas arrived from Sydney less than two weeks before Scotland‘s opening World Cup game, going straight into a training camp in West Yorkshire and making his debut 48 hours later against Papua New Guinea in a warm-up game at Featherstone.

He became a dominant force in the Scottish pack, and McCormack paid tribute to the NRL veteran.

“Luke made a massive contribution on and off the field, as did the other lads who got votes,” said McCormack.

“He’d never met us before, didn’t really know anybody, but fit in straight away and was brilliant from start to finish.”

Douglas was supported throughout the tournament by his brother Kane who was touring the UK with the Australian rugby union team.

Dave Valentine Award – Past winners

2012 Ben Fisher

2011 John Duffy

2010 Dale Ferguson

2009 Mick Nanyn

2008 Iain Morrison

2007 Duncan MacGillivray

2006 Neil Lowe

2005 Jon Steel

2004 Chris Birchall

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