Former NRL player Matt Seers has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being sentenced to prison for his part in the Gold Coast Titans drug supply ring.
Seers pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and confessed to delivering drugs to other former NRL players such as Karmichael Hunt and Jason Smith, on behalf of ex-Roosters player John Touma.
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. Kiwi international Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 before Corey Norman in 2016 and Tim Simona in 2017.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.
The former NSW Origin winger was sentenced to four years in prison, to be suspended after one year.
Drug problems plagued Seers during his career. The speedy winger stood himself down from the North Sydney Bears in 1998 in an attempt to overcome his cocaine addiction.
He will soon be re-united with a host of other former first grade footballers who are sitting in jail cells waiting to learn if they have earned a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
First published in February, 2018.