Highly touted import Travis Waddell could barely contain his excitement after his efforts helped propel the Wellington Cowboys to a grand final title.
But the star hooker had another reason to leave the field at Apex Oval grinning on Sunday evening, after taking out man of the match honours and being awarded the Bob Weir medal for his efforts in the Cowboys' win.
Waddell was vital in both attack and defence for the victors, but saved the praise for those playing along side him.
"I'm very honoured to receive it, but I think I was pretty lucky to get it because there were a few lads that played really well, but very honoured all the same," Waddell said.
"I think it all came down to the Wello boys, really, we were sticking together, we've got a very strong sense of brotherhood there, it all comes together really well and we gel really well, I think that's the main thing that gave me that lift."
"We had everyone getting along, working for each other, we're a family there."
The former Broncos and Knights star also said he considered it a 'privilege' to play for the Cowboys and that he 'enjoyed every minute' of the grand final's at time bruising clash.
"It was tough, CYMS are always tough, they're a great side, but the boys came together and we've come a long way from the start of the season - today we just went a hundred percent. It was awesome."
The import also left no doubts as to whether or not a return next year was in the cards.
"I'll be back, one hundred percent. I love the town, so it's just too easy to. It's a great club and a great community, I love it."