Prop Ashton Sims has vowed to return to NRL club North Queensland after a two year English stint following an emotional sendoff at the Cowboys.
Prop Ashton Sims has vowed to return to NRL club North Queensland “in some capacity” following his two-year English stint after a stirring send-off at the Cowboys presentation night.
Co-captain Johnathan Thurston cleaned up at the awards, claiming the Paul Bowman Medal for best player for a record third time.
But cult hero Sims was again a hit, collecting the Club Person of the Year gong for on-field form and community work.
It made Sims’s decision to leave for Warrington all the more difficult.
The Fijian international signed the English Super League contract mid-year when on the Cowboys’ fringe but finished the season on fire, nailing down a starting front-row spot and relegating Test prop James Tamou to the bench.
A bittersweet Sims said he would return to Townsville one day.
“This makes it very hard to go,” he said.
“I might chuck it in the boss Pete Jourdain’s office to remind him of me.
“I have made no secret of it. I am really going to miss this place.
“But I am only over there for two years and I will be back in Townsville in some capacity.”
Thurston edged Matt Scott to claim the Paul Bowman Medal and also won the Players’ Player and Fans’ Choice Awards and became the club’s fifth life member.
Other award winners included Michael Morgan (Most Improved), John Asiata (Rookie of the Year) and Josh Chudleigh (NYC Player of the Year).