Hull KR's Josh Hodgson: I know I have to kick on in 2013
HULL KR's double player of the year winner Josh Hodgson admits he would have swapped both accolades for a place in the play-offs.
Hodgson's consistency in what was a disappointing season for the team was deservedly rewarded with personal success.
At 22, it means he has become the youngest winner of both awards during the six seasons Rovers have been in Super League.
But despite Hodgson's efforts, Rovers fell short of qualification by five points after losing nine of their last 10 games.
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"I'd happily give the trophies back if it meant we were playing in the play-offs this weekend," he told the Mail.
"Everyone wants to be in the play-offs and in with a chance of reaching the Grand Final.
"It wasn't to be for us this season and we'll be looking to put that right next season. We'll keep going and hopefully we can fix things up."
Hodgson says he was surprised to take home both trophies at the club's presentation night on Tuesday.
In his third season at Rovers, Hodgson has developed into a solid and dependable player and flourished in different roles under coach Craig Sandercock.
He was also 18th man for England's second international series game against the Exiles at the Galpharm Stadium.
With the World Cup taking place in Britain next year, Hodgson has his sights on improving his game further.
"Once you raise the bar you have to stick to it," he said. "I thought I had a decent season, but I didn't expect to win both awards.
"A sign of a good player is to do it two or three years in a row and be even more consistent.
"I don't want this to be a flash in the pan.
"I have to kick on now and make I sure continue to play the way I have this season."
As well as winning both player of the year awards, Hodgson also won tackle of the season for his tracking back of Brett Kearney when Rovers lost to Bradford at Odsal on August 10.
He also received the community clubman of the year to make it a memorable night.
But he admits he wouldn't have been in a position to accept both awards had it not been for those around him on a daily basis.
"I want to thank my family for everything they have done for me," Hodgson said.
"Since I was five years old, they have taken me everywhere when I first started playing rugby. "Without them I wouldn't be where I am today.
"It's a great honour especially the players player of the year award from your team-mates who you work so hard with day after day it's an honour.
"I didn't think there was any way I was going to win both awards. It's one of the proudest nights of my career."