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