Bega rugby league export Dale Finucane has been named the Melbourne Storm's Player of the Year.
Finucane took out the top honour during the Storm's presentation, beating out Cameron Smith in a close finish on the points tally.
"I'm so shocked to win this award to be honest," Finucane said.
The joint vice-captain of the club was beaming his trademark grin throughout his acceptance speech.
After a five-year stint with the Storm, Finucane has risen to a household name for rugby league fans, made his Origin debut featuring in two rounds and helping the Blues to a series result.
However, the lock-forward said he still felt humbled to be in the company he was in as the award winner.
"I look at the players before me that have won this in the five years that I have been here ...
"Having Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich who won it three times and Cameron Munster, it's such a surreal moment to be held in the regard of those players."
Finucane said he didn't think much had changed this year, but maybe working on the subtleties of his game had helped him earn the honour and his maiden Blues jumper.
"I don't think I've changed too much drastically in my game," he said. "You just develop and work on the personal little subtleties."
Finucane said the Melbourne coaching staff had a huge impact on his performances with clear and concise direction.
"I'd like to thank Craig, Franklin and our coaching staff who come up with the plan each week that we can execute."
Asked if his advancement to the vice-captaincy had an impact on his game, Finucane said it was great to be part of the club's leadership group, but he wasn't sure it directly impacted his performances in 2019.
"The main thing around that was alleviating some of the pressure off Cameron," he said.
He did say there was an overwhelming sense of pride to receive the award and that he was truly appreciative of the recognition.
There's no plans to shuffle with Finucane saying he would just look to the 2020 pre-season and continue working on his own abilities.
"I'm not sure what 2020 will bring, but we're always trying to improve and keep working on those little subtleties."
Finucane offered one final thank you in his acceptance speech, and perhaps the most important of all.
"I'd like to thank my wife Maddy for everything she does for me," he said.
"It's not easy for her, I'm a very routine-based person and I can't be easy to live with during the footy season."