RECORD-BREAKER Connor Robinson would happily forfeit the League One Player of the Year award tonight - saying he is delighted enough to have won the title and repay the faith shown in him by James Ford.

York City Knights boss Ford signed an "unfit" Robinson from Halifax in June 2017 and the scrum-half by his own admission had an inconsistent first few months in the Minster city.

However, he has taken League One by storm this year - topping the division's goals and points scoring charts, playing a key role in the team's remarkable title triumph, and finally smashing Danny Brough's all-time York RL goals and points in a season records.

Already voted the Knights' supporters' club's Player of the Year, the 23-year-old is now up for the League One Player of the Year accolade at tonight's Betfred awards ceremony in Manchester.

But he said: "The main thing is we've won the title and we're going up. It's a great feeling.

"It's been good to repay James Ford's faith in me. He signed me when I was out of shape and hadn't played for 12 games.

"He took a chance on me and I'd like to think I've repaid him this year."

Robinson goes up against half-back partner Ben Cockayne tonight, along with Bradford Bulls playmaker Dane Chisholm and veteran Workington hooker Sean Penkywicz.

York team-mate Judah Mazive is also nominated for the League One Young Player of the Year award after bagging 16 tries in 18 appearances in his maiden campaign at senior level.

Ford, meanwhile, is surely in line for the Coach of the Year gong after leading his team to the crown, winning 24 of 26 games and finishing two points above huge odds-on favourites Bradford Bulls.

But Robinson, who missed only one match this season, added: "We could come away with nothing (tonight) and I'd still be happy - we've won the league!"

As reported, Robinson set his two new club records in Sunday's 32-14 win over Whitehaven which secured the crown on the last day of the regular season.

He had already levelled Brough's 2004 mark of 178 goals going into the game and needed nine points to top his points record of 412, set in the same season.

He duly kicked six penalties and two conversions, with his fifth goal of the day setting the new points record.

"I'm over the moon with that," he said, when asked about the records.

"It wasn't particularly in my thoughts (during the game) but I guess it was in the back of my mind somewhere.

"George Leatt (match-day assistant) came on (with the kicking tee) and he was smiling at me. I said, 'Is this the one?' and he said, 'I'm not telling you!'"

Robinson's new records now stand at 186 goals and 420 points in a season - which he set in just 28 appearances compared to Brough's 36 outings in 2004.

He has averaged a remarkable 6.64 goals and 15 points per game.

"It was nice to get the records," he said. "It doesn't mean as much as winning the title with this team but it just tops everything off.

"Those records are there to be beat but we've won the league and nobody can take that away from us."

York led Haven 10-8 at half-time before pulling away in the second period - but it wasn't easy against a side fighting for a play-off place.

Robinson said: "We started building pressure and I felt they were about to crack, but they defended well and then went ahead with that penalty and I thought this could get very frustrating.

"But we had a game plan and stuck to it. We had calm heads and we continued to build pressure - and nobody can live with us when we go set for set.

"When Joel (Edwards) scored (to make it 24-8 midway through the second half) I thought we had it.

"I don't really want to say it but in may ways I don't think it was ever in doubt. It was in our hands to build pressure and do the job."

As for next season, he added: "We'll enjoy it in the Championship first and foremost and we'll be trying to upset a few people."