Best friend a winner for Titans
UNSUNG hero Nathan Friend was last night recognised with the Gold Coast Titans' highest honour - a Paul Broughton Medal.
While the big-name Titans jostled for representative selection, the stalwart hooker's tireless tackling and pin-point passing played a key role in securing the fledgling club's first finals appearance.
It came as little surprise to most that entering the final round Friend found himself alongside last year's recipient, fullback/five-eighth Preston Campbell, on 24 points, with influential halfback Scott Prince two points adrift.
However, as the lone stand-out in round 26's embarrassing loss to Manly, it was Friend who picked up the final three points and ultimately the prestigious prize.
He wasn't just the best on field in the administrators' eyes either, with the devastating dummy half also a hit with the fans, claiming the inaugural Titans Members' Choice Player of the Year award.
Budding star Kevin Gordon picked up both the Rookie of the Year and Try of the Year (scintillating solo effort against the Broncos in round 10 at Suncorp Stadium) awards after making the left wing his own in a remarkable rise to first grade.
Also recognised was pocket rocket Campbell who received the Community Award for his amazing work off the pitch and utility Luke O'Dwyer who was Clubman of the Year.
In the NYC under-20 ranks, Kayne Lawton was named Player of the Year, Shaun Spring was selected Players' Player and Lachlan Creighton True Titan.