AFL player Liam Ryan has just snuck into contention for The Frownlow Medal with a last minute nomination after being charged with drink-driving.
The West Coast goal-sneak was charged with drink-driving just days before he played in the victorious Grand Final for an incident that occurred in July.
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.
Ryan crashed his car into a tree in the early hours of the July morning after consuming alcohol the night before. As a result of the incident, he was handed a two match ban by the Eagles, who decided he had breached the club’s alcohol policy.
With the announcement of the 2018 medallist just moments away, Ryan chose the right time to bring his actions to the attention of the judges of The Frownlow Medal.