THE Brisbane Broncos will head to Sydney for Sunday's NRL grand final feeling a little snubbed after failing to get one player in the Dally M Team of the Year.
While Wayne Bennett collected his third Dally M coach of the year gong, and veteran lock Corey Parker was voted representative player of the year, no-one from the side that finished second on the table was rated highly enough to make the best team of the 2015 season.
Whle Brisbane - which finished just one win behind minor premiers the Roosters - failed to secure one spot in the team, the Cowboys, who finished third, gained two positions, with Johnathan Thurston at halfback and powerhouse youngster Jason Taumalolo at lock.
While the Broncos may not have had much to complain about, five-eighth Anthony Milford must have been close to making the team at five-eighth, while Parker, coming off another fantastic season, must have pushed Sunday's grand final rival Taumalolo.
Brisbane did get some joy however when Titans-bound young Ashley Taylor was named Holden NYC player of the year ahead of Manly sensation Tom Trbojevic, who didn't play enough games after being called into Manly's top side by coach Geoff Toovey on several occasions.
As expected, Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston ran away with the major gong for the player of the year for a record fourth time, beating Sharks hooker Michael Ennis by 11 votes, the biggest winning margin in the history of the awards.
Thurston also picked up the Provan-Summons medal as the public's player of the year.
- WAYNE HEMING
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