Nottingham's Tim Streather wins top Championship award

Saracens-bound Nottingham centre Tim Streather has been named the Championship's Player of the Year.

The 24-year-old, who moves to Allianz Park next season after four years at Meadow Lane, landed the Rugby Players' Association award ahead of Leeds' Steve McColl and Jersey's Guy Thompson.

He praised team-mates for helping him leave the Green & Whites on a high.

"This is a nice goodbye, even though the final was the dream," Streather told BBC Radio Nottingham

"It is easy to play well in a team that is performing at its best and my team-mates have been outstanding. This award reflects the job that they have done, and is really for the whole team.

"Looking at the squad around me - there are five or six that could easily have won this award."

Streather helped Nottingham finish second in the Championship, the club's highest league position in more than 20 years, and qualify for the first semi-final series in their history.

He missed the first leg of the semi-final at Bedford with a hamstring complaint and said it was testament to the support staff at the club that he managed to make 20 appearances in all competitions during the season.

"Physiotherapist Matt Taylor managed to get me out there fit most weekends and I wouldn't have had the season I did without him," Streather said.