Mike Brown targets final after scooping Premiership award

Aviva Premiership: Mike Brown targets final success after being named player of the season

Aviva Premiership player of the year Mike Brown

Mike Brown admits winning the Grand Final at Twickenham would cap off a special season after the Harlequins full-back was crowned Aviva Premiership player of the season on Thursday night.

Brown beat off strong competition to pick up the gong, fending off players such as Saracens wrecking ball Jacques Burger and Leicester’s Niki Goneva, this year’s Aviva Premiership top try-scorer.

It’s been a great season for me, I’ve really enjoyed my time on the field for both club and country

Mike Brown

It has been a truly remarkable season for the 28-year-old, who was named Man of the Series at the Six Nations with England before helping guide Harlequins to the Premiership playoffs.

Brown touched down as Quins pipped Bath to fourth by beating them on the final day of the regular season last weekend.

And ahead of a visit to Allianz Park to take on Saracens in the semi-finals on Saturday, he has his sights set on more silverware come May 31 at Twickenham.

“It’s great to be nominated and win a prestigious award like this, just looking at the shortlist there are some fantastic players there so to be alongside them is brilliant,” he said.

“It’s been a great season for me, I’ve really enjoyed my time on the field for both club and country.

“With Quins, we are still playing a great style of rugby and even though we’ve had some tough times we’ve come out of it on the other side and are where we want to be. Hopefully now we can top it off by winning the Premiership.”

Brown was not the only Quin to be called up to the podium at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards, as evergreen No.8 Nick Easter scooped two trophies in reward for his own stunning campaign.

And Brown, who has scored 48 tries for Harlequins in the Premiership since making his debut in 2006, insists his teammates are just as vital to the cause.

“It’s not just about me but the team as well,” he added. “It’s great to win individual awards but you can’t do that without the players around you.

“I’ve got people like Nick Easter around me who also won a couple of awards which shows just how much quality we have.

“Then we’ve got players like Danny Care, Chris Robshaw, and they help me by putting me in great positions to do what I can do to the best of my ability.”

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