Trent Merrin put aside the disappointment of a season-ending knee injury, which dashed his World Cup hopes, to collect the Dragons' Player of the Year honour last night.
The fleet-footed back-rower featured in only 18 games for St George Illawarra after he had missed the last month of the Dragons' miserable season through injury.
The 23-year-old Shellharbour junior was a standout for the Red V beforehand, scooping the top honour at the Novotel in North Wollongong.
Having represented NSW in all three State of Origin matches in 2013, Merrin was eyeing a berth in the Kangaroos' World Cup party before he limped off the field in the dying moments of the Dragons' narrow loss to Brisbane last month.
The game also ended Josh Dugan's season, wrecking the pair's hopes of inclusion in Tim Sheens' train-on squad.
Brett Morris is the only Dragon still in contention for a spot in Australia's squad.
Merrin was a constant threat to defences all season, with only teammates Jason Nightingale and Ben Creagh running for more metres in 2013.
Merrin also trailed only Creagh and hooker Mitch Rein in overall tackles made, despite playing significantly less matches than that pair.
Nightingale, a certainty to be included in holders New Zealand's World Cup tourists, won St George Illawarra's Red V members Player of the Year.
The retiring Nathan Fien was also recognised in his 14th and final year in the NRL.
He took home the Dragons' Immortals Trophy for services to the club.
Club captain Ben Creagh (Community Involvement Award) and Jack de Belin (Coach's Award) were also recognised while Vincent Stowers was named the Paul McGregor NYC Player of the Year.