RENAISSANCE man Nate Myles may have snared every representative award on offer this season but he still doesn't believe he belongs in the company of his fellow Golden Boot finalists.
Titans forward Myles was named one of six finalists for the Rugby League World Golden Boot award -- the gong for the world's best player -- after winning the Wally Lewis medal as player of the Origin series, as well as the Dally M second-rower and representative player of the year awards.
But the 27-year-old seems almost embarrassed to be in the running.
Myles, who has returned for the final week of Titans training after a short break for surgery on his elbow, is one of four Australians in the running for the international honour, along with Ben Barba, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith.
England captain Kevin Sinfield and Wigan's Man of Steel Sam Tomkins, make up the field, with the winner to be named on January 4.
"I was a bit blown away to be honest, to be thrown into that category is a real honour and I'm just happy to be there," he said.
"You've only got to look at the names that are in there.
"You enjoy football and you enjoy going out and having fun but personally, I don't see myself in the ranks of those guys.
"Look at Benny Barba and the year he had and then you look at Cameron Smith and the year he's had and the amount of years he's been doing it for there's two different (levels) there."
Canterbury fullback Barba won the Dally M medal as NRL player of the year for his scintillating efforts from the back for the Bulldogs, while Smith -- a Golden Boot winner in 2007 -- led the Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australia through winning campaigns.
Myles' perception of his own efforts may differ from those in charge but he is clear about what led to the most successful year of his career.
"It is the most fun I've had in regards to football and I'm just enjoying things a lot more," he said of his first year in Titans colours.
"It's definitely had a lot to do with the atmosphere. The Gold Coast Titans have been fantastic ever since I've got here, not only for me but my partner as well.
"It's definitely fun for me being back in Queensland and the Gold Coast Titans have had a lot to do with that."
Myles has made such an impact in his first season he is a front-runner to take over from departed Scott Prince as captain.
"The Gold Coast Titans would be a great side to captain," he said, confirming his interest in the job.
"We're fortunate that we have a lot of players here (that could do the job).
"You've got Bails (Luke Bailey), a former captain, and Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird -- and Will Zillman has just signed (again), so he's going to be here for a long time.
"You've got a lot of options there and I'm sure the club could go with any of them."