AFL player Dale Thomas has joined AFL legend Dane Swan as a nominee for The Frownlow Medal after being dropped from Carlton for an alcohol-related incident.
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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.
Thomas was stood down from the Blues for drinking within 48 hours of a game and his Frownlow nomination was strongly endorsed by Swan, who was also nominated for alcohol-related incidents.
Thomas will need an endorsement from a Frownlow hero such as Swan, because his opponents for The Frownlow Medal in 2019 have committed crimes such as assault, drink-driving and distribution of sex tapes, while some are still facing accusations of violence against women.
It is impossible to say whether Thomas will win the highest honour in Australian sport, but what is certain is that Thomas will share a beer with Swan at the awards ceremony later this year.