Parramatta playmaker Kieran Foran has been ruled out of contention for the 2016 Frownlow Medal after a shoulder injury forced him to miss the remainder of the NRL season.
Rules clearly state that any candidate for Frownlow Medal honours must be an active footballer during the season in which they are nominated, such is the strength of the competition and the enormous honour of winning the award.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. The first medal was awarded to Sydney Roosters and New Zealand representative Shaun Kenny-Dowall in 2015.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players who receive media attention for similarly scandalous behaviour and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Todd Carney.
Foran will now have to wait until October to see who is crowned 2016 Frownlow Medallist.