Journeyman goalkeeper Liam Reddy has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following a career of poor discipline and misconduct.
Reddy has played soccer for a record seven A-League teams and failed to complete his contract at many of those clubs, due to off-field misconduct.
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 and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.
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 most serious case saw Reddy become intoxicated on a flight from Sydney to Wellington on the way to a preliminary final, for which he was sent home from New Zealand and later released by Sydney FC.
This followed conflict with the coach at his very first club, the Newcastle Jets, which saw him leave the club and seek game time at the Mariners, Wanderers, Roar, Phoenix and Glory as well as Sydney FC.
Reddy may not have urinated in public, bashed his wife or served time in prison, he hasn’t even been caught taking cocaine, but his regular misconduct and inability to fulfill his contractual obligations was enough to earn him a nomination.
The troubled keeper will find out later in the year if he has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.