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Back to work for Dally M medallist Slater

Melissa Woods 07/09/2011 04:26:07 PM Comments (0)

The NRL's best player Billy Slater wasn't even rewarded with a sleep-in after scooping the Dally M medal.

Slater and his Storm troops cleaned up at the annual rugby league awards night in Sydney, winning seven awards on offer.

With hand luggage bulging - particularly that of captain Cameron Smith, who brought home hooker, rep player and captain of the year trophies - Melbourne were back at training before 10am (AEST) following an early morning flight.

"Last night was great, but she's all back to normal now," said Slater, ahead of their qualifying final against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon at AAMI Park.

"We've been focusing on the Knights pretty much from as soon as we got in the sheds after the Roosters game and it's what we've all been waiting for."

Craig Bellamy, who was named coach of the year for the third time, believed the Storm's success was a joint effort from everyone at the club.

"It was a really big night for our club ... it's been a huge club effort this year," Bellamy said.

"I think it's a real tribute to our club and certainly our players for what they've done this year."

Smith was proud of the accolades his club received but said it wouldn't assure them the trophy they coveted most as 2011 champions.

"One thing I've learnt over the years is any Dally M medals or awards don't win you footy matches and it doesn't get you the prize at the end of the year that everyone's after," Smith said.

"That night's over for us and our concentration moves to training and the Knights this weekend."

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