Danny Brough's role in Huddersfield's landmark Super League season was recognised on Monday night when he was named as the winner of the prestigious Man of Steel award.
The 30-year-old goal-kicking stand-off edged out former England captain Jamie Peacock and Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin to take the top prize at a glittering awards ceremony in Manchester.
The Giants received further recognition for their best-ever Super League campaign when Paul Anderson was named coach of the year at the end of his first season in the job.
Anderson, a former player with Bradford and St Helens, guided Huddersfield to their first top-table finish for 81 years and to within 80 minutes of a maiden Grand Final appearance just 12 months after stepping up from being assistant to Nathan Brown, who won the same award in 2009.
Brough, the former Hull, Castleford and Wakefield half-back who will captain Scotland in the World Cup, also proved a revelation in his first season as captain of the Giants.
A string of consistent impressive displays earned him the Albert Goldthorpe Medal for the second time and last week he was named as the Rugby League Writers' Association player of the year.
That came a week after he broke Ben Gronow's Huddersfield club record of 147 goals in a season which stood for 93 years while he also smashed Pat Devery's record for points-in-a-season set in 1953.
Brough earned his selection on the Man of Steel short-list after a poll of Super League players and got the nod from a five-strong selection panel which included former winner Paul Sculthorpe.
Peacock gained some consolation for missing out on the main prize after being named the top metre-maker in 2013.
Hull's 20-year-old centre Ben Crooks was named Super League's young player of the year after bursting on to the scene with 19 tries in just 18 appearances, while his team-mate Danny Houghton was named hit man of the year after topping the tackle count.
St Helens were named as the club of the year and lifetime achievement awards were presented to former Bradford, Wigan and Huddersfield prop Stuart Fielden and ex-Wigan, Hull, Hull KR and Widnes full-back Shaun Briscoe to mark their retirement.