Player of the year award a dream come true for Robby Miles
BALLINA front-rower Robby Miles took out the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League player of the year award and will return from a bicep injury to take his place in the grand final on Sunday.
Miles received the award at the NRRRL presentation night finishing two points clear of Murwillumbah hooker Sam O'Dea.
Ballina teammate Andrew Battese finished third and was a previous winner of the award in 2012 while O'Dea won it last year.
"I'm really happy to win it; it wasn't on my list of goals at the start of the season," Miles said.
"It's great recognition and pretty special when you look at the names of the previous winners.
Miles might be modest in his assessment but there wasn't a game this season where he wasn't a standout.
He got injured in the second last game of the season and it looked like his season might have been over with a torn bicep.
However, he has already been cleared to play and will take his place in the NRRRL grand final against Byron Bay at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina on Sunday.
He missed the back end of last season with a badly broken finger and there was no way he was going to suffer the same fate this time.
"This has been something I've dreamed of being part of and I was so disappointed to miss out last year," Miles said.
"I have a lot of family history at the club and my dad was in the 1993 team that won the premiership.
"I'll definitely be right to go by Sunday."