Dewsbury Rams Tom Garratt stepped up to win the Forward of the Year Award at the club presentation night on Wednesday.
Garratt who has only been at the club for one season was delighted to pick up the award on the evening.
He said: “Completely chuffed, as I said at the start of the year I stepped up from amateur rugby and i just had the intention of getting my head down and doing my best to get in the team.
“Then by the end of the season I have started more games then I’ve not, I have played some big minutes and I have won an award at the presentation night so I am massively proud.”
On the type of season he has had, Garratt whilst pleased with his campaign he also knows he can improve going into next year.
He commented: “My biggest criticism of myself is that I’ve not managed my best form consistently all year, I am a bit of a perfectionist and after a couple of poor performances, perhaps due to not recovering appropriately, the performances got in my head too much and made me question whether I was good enough for this standard.
“Once I had managed to dust myself off and put my chest back out I proved to myself and everyone else I am good enough and then some, that was a good lesson to learn.”
Having moved from Siddal, Garratt is enjoying the challenge of Championship rugby league and also how the game has more of an edge at this level.
He said: “It was a great challenge but I love challenges so what can I say, the competitiveness and higher standards make it loads more enjoyable, plus you get to play in front of bigger crowds (anything above 50 at amateur you’re doing well!).
Finally Garratt was asked about his future aims whilst at the club, he insists that all he wants to do is get his head down and work hard and get the Rams up the league next season.
He said: “I’ve got 2 years left on my contract here, so let’s put our heads down, work hard and see where Dewsbury can end up.”