Tony ‘T-Rex’ Williams has banished himself from the NRL world after earning a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
The hugely talented forward was sacked by the Parramatta Eels as a result of a second positive test for cocaine and is likely to disappear from the NRL unless another club is willing to save his career from extinction.
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.
Williams was once one of the most damaging forwards in the game, and played for NSW and Australia, but has barely played a first grade game in recent seasons when he was signed to Parramatta and Cronulla.
Williams may not have assaulted anyone or stripped naked in public, but his drug use comes after being fined $1000 and having his driver’s licence suspended for 12 months for drink driving, and this will strengthen his bid for The Frownlow Medal.
The question now is whether the veteran can revive his career by claiming the most prestigious award in Australian sport.