Judges of The Frownlow Medal are hastily examining the A sample of NRL player James Segeyaro to determine if he has done enough to earn a very late nomination for the prestigious award.
Segeyaro reportedly returned a positive test to a banned substance and has been provisionally suspended by the NRL, just days before the sport’s grand final.
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.
Segeyaro is well known to Frownlow judges, having earned nominations in 2016 for a social media faux pas, and earlier this year for a drink driving offence.
The Broncos hooker was clearly determined to earn an invitation to the awards ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which is fast becoming the most popular event in Australia’s social calendar.
It is only a matter of weeks until Segeyaro finds out if he has done enough to win The Frownlow Medal in 2019.