The veteran front-rower received some consolation for his team�s relegation when he was named in the 2006 engage Super League Dream Team, but he struggled to raise a smile at the unveiling in Manchester.
"It�s a good achievement and fantastic to be in a team with this calibre of player, it�s unbelievable," he said.
"I was pleased with my form but relegation is one thing I didn�t want to happen. It hurts.
"I knew it was going to be hard, it was everything I expected it to be. You would think 19 points would be all right but it wasn�t enough.
"We had good patches during the year and some bad patches, which you�ve got to expect from a team that�s just got promoted."
The former Cronulla and Warrington Wolves prop was an ever-present in the Tigers� first season back in Super League and finished the year as the competition�s top tackler as well as the leading metre-maker.
The 32-year-old, who had already decided to leave the club at the end of the season because his family are homesick, is joining Sydney Roosters where he will renew a partnership with former Cronulla and Australia coach Chris Anderson.
"It�s going to be great," he said. "Chris Anderson is a good friend of mine.
"It�s unbelievable really. He was the one who originally got me back to Australia and now I�m going back to him again."