Dewsbury Rams former player Kyle Trout picked up a number of awards at the presentation night on Wednesday evening.
The forward won Players Player of the Year, Coaches Player of the Year and the Amber Ribbon Award to cap off a successful night for the now Super League player.
On getting so many awards, Trout said: “Shock was the over riding feeling, getting recognition is always a huge positive.”
Trout has had a successful season in a Rams shirt and scored a few tries to boot too, he’s been pleased with the campaign he’s had and says Dewsbury Rams is the reason for him enjoying his rugby again.
He said: I’m happy with my input this year, as I have said on multiple occasions the club as whole has played a huge part in me enjoying my rugby and because of that i tried repaying that on the field & off it with the community.”
The 28 year old first picked up the Coaches Player of the Year award and Trout insists it’s a great feeling to know that the boss has recognized his work over the season.
He said: “Yeah to get recognition from Lee & his staff was great, after the ups & downs of the year, all the frustrations, through the wins & losses to be picked out is fantastic.
“They gave me a free role this year and it showed, you know you did something right when the boss says so!”
As well as Coaches Player of the Year he also picked up the Players Player of the Year Award, Trout believes this is the biggest honour as it was chosen by his teammates on the pitch.
He commented: “Players’ player is huge for me, for your teammates you compete both with and for the team to feel my performances this season deserved this.
“There is no opinions that matters more to a player than the ones of his peers and I am proud to have my name on the board in the club.”
Trout thought his night was done, but he had one final award to pick up and that was from the Amber Ribbon. Chairman of the supporters club Charlie Coates explained that both Trout and Martyn Reilly had won the award due to their outstanding work in the community this season and they fully deserved to win it.
On winning that award Trout said: “I think for the Amber Ribbon to see the efforts off the field and the benefits it has brought the club. The facilities are first class and the future of the club lies within the community.
“To win this award with Martyn is great, to be on a trophy with one of your best mates makes it sweeter, it was a big team effort. Martyn and myself co-ordinate the scheme but it couldn’t be done without the influences of Steven Downes, Ady Marsh and Mark Sawyer.”
Finally Trout reflected on his time at the club and what Dewsbury Rams means to him and moving into Super League with Hull KR.
“I have said it I don’t know how many times the fans, sponsors, staff make this club what it means to me. They were the main reason in me staying, for making my family welcome and for living every moment on the pitch with the squad.
“Like i said about the players player award, more than the trophies I am proud to be on the list in the club with some great names after making some great memories. I felt like I owed the club and now I also feel I have repaid it.
“With the position the club was in on the league table, it slowed a few things up with the move which was understandable. Thankfully an agreement was reached, the Rams were safe, they got some compensation and I have been lucky enough to go to a huge club in Hull KR for a huge opportunity.
“It’s tough with so little time to fit in to a new team and express yourself but their fans are also fantastic, everyone has been positive and welcoming.”
Photographs taken by freelance photographer Peter Smith.