Josh Papalii's ascent to the top of the props is complete.
The Canberra Raiders enforcer was named as one of two Dally M props of the year on Monday night.
While he shared that award with Penrith bookend James Fisher-Harris - the NRL introduced a full 13 for the first time - he was never going to share the tackle-of-the-year gong.
His stunning ankle tap on Gold Coast halfback Jamal Fogarty was in a field of one contender after his gutsy run down in round 15.
Fogarty looked destined to score, but a flying Papalii never gave up and his last-ditch dive brought the Titans half crashing to the floor.
Papalii and five-eighth Jack Wighton have led the way for the Green Machine all season - Wighton finishing with 13 tries, the second most for a Raider, while Papalii was immense in the middle of an injury depleted Canberra forward pack.
Wighton produced a massive shock to win the Dally M Medal, ahead of Clint Gutherson and massive favourite Nathan Cleary, while Brisbane Broncos' Ali Brigginshaw took out the women's gong.
Wighton was also named five-eighth of the year in just his second season in the No.6 jersey since making the switch from fullback.
He was full of praise for Papalii's ankle tap, saying it was efforts like that that guided the Green Machine to this year's preliminary final.
The 27-year-old accepted the award on Papalii's behalf as the five-eighth prepared to go into NSW Blues State of Origin camp later in the week.
"It's unreal. I had my hands on my knees when big Papa took off and got that ankle tap so I was thanking him big time," Wighton told NRL.com.
"He's been huge for us this year and it's efforts like that that got us as far as we did.
"We didn't get all the way, but he's been massive for us.
"Over the last couple of years he's just become one of our biggest leaders and you can really see that in the way he's playing footy. He leads up front all the time."
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Fisher-Harris was one of five Panthers players in the team of the year, with their coach Ivan Cleary also named coach of the year - having reached the NRL grand final off the back of 17 consecutive wins.
Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant was unsurprisingly the rookie of the year, after spending the season on loan from the Melbourne Storm.
It's still unsure where his future lies as the entire rugby league world awaits Storm captain Cameron Smith's decision on whether he'll retire after the grand final.
New Zealand Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was captain of the year for the way he led the Kiwi team during their months away from family camped on the Central Coast.
DALLY M AWARDS
- Dally M Medals: Jack Wighton and Ali Brigginshaw
- Coach of the year: Ivan Cleary
- Props: Josh Papalii and James Fisher-Harris
- Hooker: Cameron Smith
- Second-rowers: Viliame Kikau and Tohu Harris
- Lock: Isaah Yeo
- Halfback: Nathan Cleary
- Five-eighth: Jack Wighton
- Centres: Stephen Crichton and Kotoni Staggs
- Wingers: David Nofoaluma and Josh Addo-Carr
- Fullback: Clint Gutherson
- Rookie: Harry Grant
- Captain: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck