LUKE Douglas admits to feeling “embarrassed” by the accolades that came his way at Leigh’s annual end of seasons awards.

The Australian prop scooped four prizes for his efforts during a year long loan from St Helens, including players’ player and coaches’ player of the year.

Douglas, 33, who returns home next month, also received best ‘big hit’ trophy and the club’s special award.

While the quartet of honours don’t add up to a Grand Final winners’ ring, the adopted Leyther was a deserving recipient.

“I feel a bit embarrassed because there are a lot of great players who did a lot of great things,” said Douglas.

“But it is good to end on bit of a high. That’s all you want from life.

“You want to feel appreciated and be wanted. I felt that appreciation from the Leigh fans, players and the whole club.

“The awards were there way of saying they appreciated the efforts I gave each week.

“I would love to have been playing this weekend in the Grand Final for Saints. But it wasn’t to be.

“They are a class outfit and in the end I wasn’t needed because they were killing it.”

Douglas will be at Old Trafford for Super League’s yearly showpiece, this time featuring Grand Final debutants, Salford.

“I know it doesn’t count for anything but they have been the best team all year,” he added.

“No one deserves it and it is all about who is the best team on the day.

“But I want Robes (James Roby) to lift that trophy and for Zeb Taia to score the winning try. I am looking forward to watching them.”

Douglas played 27 times for Centurions in 2019 scoring six tries. The former Cronulla Shark and Gold Coast Titan heads back Down Under after three seasons in England

“I have been pretty diligent throughout my career of getting ready for that next stage,” he said of an impending new career.

“I don’t think I will play though I might help out the local team.

“It will be nice to spend some time with the family and be a normal person again and not wake up on a Monday morning with any bumps and bruises.”

“I have nearly finished a university degree in spatial science. It sounds better than it is,” he laughed.

“It is basically a surveying degree. I have got a mate back home who has been mentoring me through that so hopefully he can be a good bloke and give me a few days when I get back to Australia.”

Other award winners were: Adam Carroll (club man of the year), Gregg McNally LISA player of the year, Iain Thornley Superleigh player of the year, Toby Adamson ( LCTV Tommy Sale MBE player of the year).

Ryan Brierley, McNally and Martyn Ridyard were all recognised for reaching significant club milestones. And Micky Higham received a prestigious Services to Rugby League Award from former Warrington Wolves team-mate Chris Hill.