Houghton shocked by Man of Steel prize

Houghton shocked by Man of Steel prize

Hull FC's Danny Houghton says he was taken aback to beat team-mate Gareth Ellis to the Steve Prescott Super League Man of Steel award.

The hooker became the first player from the Airlie Birds to win the end-of-season prize, voted for by all of the players in Super League, finishing ahead of Ellis and Castleford Tigers' top tryscorer Denny Solomona, who came third.

Houghton provided one of the moments of the season with his last-ditch challenge that prevent Warrington scoring a try in the Challenge Cup, as Hull claimed the famous trophy at Wembley.

The 28-year-old, who also played a key role as the Black and Whites qualified for the Super League play-off semi-finals, said he was humbled to have been selected as this year's Man of Steel ahead of a player like Ellis, who he considers to be one of the best around currently.

"I was taken aback when they announced my name. I couldn't stand up," Houghton said. "I was shocked to be short-listed.

"No words can describe how I feel at beating Gareth Ellis. It's scary what he does for this club.

"He's a freak, the best player I've ever played with. Every time he pulls on that shirt for Hull FC, he raises the dressing room tenfold. I can't believe I've beaten him to it, to be fair. It's something I'll always cherish."

Meanwhile, Hull FC's Lee Radford was named coach of the year while Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone collected the young player of the year prize.

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