The RFL will today announce the names of the players who have been selected in the 2014 Super League Dream Team.
And, League Express understands, Kevin Brown will make a small piece of history by becoming the first Widnes Vikings player ever to be named in the Dream Team, which is now in its nineteenth year.
And Brown admits that he is absolutely delighted to have gained the recognition from the members of the Rugby League media who vote for the award.
“I am absolutely blown away that I have been picked in the Dream Team,” Brown told League Express.
“I am really happy with how I have played this season, and I’m grateful to my team-mates for the way they have supported me.
“I am really happy for the Widnes club, and it is a real team effort that has got us to where we are.”
In their third season back in Super League, the Vikings have finished in eighth place, and, apart from having a player in the Dream Team, they will also take their place in the Super League play-offs for the first time when they travel to Warrington Wolves this Friday.
Brown admits that he and his team-mates are looking forward intently to the experience.
“It will be such a big game, and it is a reward for a consistent season. Certainly a play-off is not something we are used to, and it will be a great event fro us,” said Brown, who was rested by coach Denis Betts for Friday night’s final game of the regular season at Salford Red Devils.
“This club has been looking to improve every year incrementally, not in a spectacular way. But it is working. Every aspect of the club has improved this year, and the players have played their part in that.
“Denis (Betts) has been the catalyst, and I owe him a lot
“All the players want to work hard for him. He is a great coach to work for.”
Last week Brown was also voted the Widnes supporters’ player of the year and received the award at the club’s annual dinner.
“It’s very easy to say that things like that don’t affect you, but actually it is really nice to get those accolades, and to feel that you have done something special,” added Brown, who hopes the club can continue to attract new supporters in 2015 after a slight dip in support in 2014.
“Crowds are the most important area now where the club needs to move forward,” said Brown.
“We have great people working on it now, and if the crowds don’t start increasing then our improvement won’t be as quick as our current supporters would like. We need to attract more people, and we need to spread our support into more of the areas around Widnes.”