Melbourne Storm star Greg Inglis, at the ripe old age of 18, has won the Courier-Mail Best and Fairest Award for 2005, collecting the Queensland Rugby League South-East Division trophy even though he only made 12 appearances in the Wizard Cup competition.
His form in the Queensland Wizard Cup was so impressive he earned both representative honours and several first grade NRL games.
Inglis, who was a junior rugby league star for Wavell State High School, polled votes in nine of his 12 games, including four best-on-ground performances.
Inglis was obviously delighted with his win.
?It actually feels pretty awesome,? said Inglis.
Inglis was so blas? about the awards night; he had no idea about the formalities of the event.
?I didn?t know what I was getting nominated for,? said Inglis.
?Trelly (coach Wayne Treleaven) just rang me up and told me (I had been invited) and I was like ?oh, alright then,? so I decided to go.?
Votes were given on a 3-2-1 basis given by the officiating referee on the day with players from Toowoomba, Tweed Heads, Central and North Queensland ineligible.
Melbourne Storm football operations manager Peter O?Sullivan, the man who discovered Inglis, was glowing in his praise of the NRL club?s young star of the future.
?Given that he?s won the award after only 12 games and having just turned 18-years-of-age is testament to his undoubted potential in our game,? said O?Sullivan.
?Greg will be a cornerstone of our team (Melbourne Storm) for many years to come.?
Of the many awards Inglis has won over his short rugby league career, he rates this one among his best.
?It?s up there, it?s definitely up there,? said Inglis.