Melrose in full bloom
NAMBUCCA Heads 'super centre' Jay Melrose didn't have long to lament not playing in the Group 2 Rugby League grand final as a member of the winning South Grafton team.
Melrose played for the Rebels in 2014 but his season ended prematurely through suspension, so he switched to the Roosters for 2015 looking for a new start.
Nambucca just missed a place in the big match but Melrose was honoured for a stellar year by winning the Rex Hardaker Memorial Award as player of the year.
He also claimed two other awards to make him one of the region's most successful players of recent times.
GROUP 2 PRIZE LIST
Rex Hardaker Memorial Award - Jay Melrose (Nambucca Heads)
John Mackay Medal for player of the grand final - Grant Stevens (South Grafton)
Bowen Family Trophy for club champions - South Grafton
Best and fairest - Jay Melrose (Nambucca Heads) tied with Lachlan Miller (Sawtell)
Highest point-scorer - Nathan Curry (Coffs Harbour) 172
Most tries - Jay Melrose (Nambucca Heads) 26
Best and fairest - Troy Robinson (Sawtell)
Highest points - Cameron Kolen (Sawtell) 122
Most tries - Kieren Stewart (Grafton) 12
Best and fairest - Nick McGrady (South Grafton)
Most points - Nick McGrady (South Grafton) 114
Most tries - Tom McGrady (South Grafton) 14