Celebrating Cities' stellar season at club banquet
Rugby League: With more than 10 years of rugby league experience under his belt, Matt Roberts has taken home one of Cities' most prestigious award at the club's banquet on Saturday.
The curtain came down on a stellar season for the Gladiators on and off the field, with players, coaches and supporters celebrating the club's success after taking home reserve and A-grade premierships last month.
As the Players' Player for A-grade, Roberts said in his first year of playing for Cities he had been welcomed by the club with open arms.
"It means a lot to win the award," he said.
"I'm just so proud to be a part of this club and having the chance to play with a fantastic bunch of boys.
"It's a big honour to receive it as there's a lot of really quality players who would have been deserving.
"Having the boys being the ones who nominated
me makes it even more special."
Roberts, 27, started playing rugby league at age 15 and said having a good club culture was an essential factor in taking home both premierships this year.
"We're all just one big family unit at Cities, everyone is willing to help each other out when another team needs it," he said.
"We had a lot of the younger boys step up and help us out when we didn't have enough numbers for A-grade or reserves.
"The team is on the younger side so being one of the older blokes I really tried to step up and lead us in the front this year."
Moving to Roma only this year for work on the new hospital, Roberts said the welcoming environment Cities provided was what attracted him to the club.
"I've really enjoyed my year... taking home this award is just icing on top of the cake," he said.