Coach of the year award for departing Miller

Tony Miller has been named the Championship coach of the year.
Tony Miller has been named the Championship coach of the year.

Tony Miller has signed off from the Dons by taking the coveted Championship Coach of the Year Award.

Miller’s award comes as he ends a 23-year association with Doncaster with Paul Cooke taking over as player-coach next season. The awards are voted for by club coaches.

It’s recognition for of a great season by the Dons and is the second time in two years Miller has won a major coaching award.

Miller guided Doncaster to sixth place in their first year back in the Championship after clinching promotion in 2012 – when he was named Championship One Coach of the Year.

He took the award from a short-list that included Sheffield Eagles Mark Aston and Leigh Centurions boss Paul Rowley – last year’s winner.

Aston had looked favourite for the award after taking the Eagles to second place in the league, the final of the Northern Rail and the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup.

The decision is likely to act as a massive incentive to the Eagles players to reward their coach with an historic first ever back-to-back Grand Final victory when they face Batley Bulldogs at Leigh on Sunday.

Half-back Cooke was in the running for Player of the Year but missed to Sheffield Eagles’ captain Mitch Stringer.

Stringer had an outstanding season during which he took over as club captain.

He’s the first Eagles player to take the award.

“It’s good to get the recognition but I don’t care too much about individual awards, I want the team to get something and for us to win the Grand Final on Sunday,” he said.