As we indicated earlier this month, we have end of year awards to hand out the first of which is the AMNRL MVP and we are delighted to announce that it goes to Nigel Millgate of the 2011 champion New York Knights.
Millgate, a native of Australia, had a stellar season with the Knights en route to the club’s third Grand Final success.
The five-eighth topped the AMNRL’s points tally with 124; double that of his nearest rival. He also kicked the most goals (46) and was one of the league’s top five try-scorers (8).
“It was a big privilege to win such a big award and I’m very grateful for that,” Millgate told WeAreRugby.
“To go over to a foreign country where I had the chance to help promote and play rugby league was one of the best experiences I have had playing rugby league.
“In saying that, I would not have won the award without playing week in and week out with a great bunch of guys, great coaching staff and a lot of thanks to the people behind the scenes at New York Knights and sponsors, also David Niu [AMNRL president].”
So just what drove Millgate to such heights? He puts it down to the way he was brought up.
“Growing up playing footy and having a football in my hands since I was able to walk,” he continued.
“I think I’ve always tried to play to the best of my ability whether it be in the park with friends or on the footy field. I just enjoy getting out there getting amongst it and most of all I hate to lose. I get it from my father I think.”
Having returned home to New South Wales at the end of the season, Millgate has been mulling over his options for 2012, which included offers to play in England, France and Wollongong south of Sydney, but following more negotiations Thursday with rugby league agent George Ghazal, he appears to be headed to Campbelltown in Sydney’s west.
Ghazal reportedly has brokered a contract for the five-eighth with the Western Suburbs Magpies who play in the NSW Cup, a feeder competition to the NRL. Western Suburbs is a feeder club to NRL team Wests Tigers.