Young Rugby League player Mitchell Andrews has issued a call for a rookie category of The Frownlow Medal after losing his contract with the Newcastle Knights.
Andrews earned his nomination following numerous alcohol-related off-field incidents. It is believed Andrews was on his final warning when he committed another scandal. The young winger has also been banned from entering any club administered by Wests Leagues, which owns the Knights.
Calls for a rookie category have been growing for a number of years, with a number of young players involving themselves in scandals. All of them are Rugby League players, and they include Jayden Nikorima, Jake Clifford, Myles Taueli, Liam Coleman and Manase Fainu, plus the 2019 NRL rookie of the year, Payne Haas.
The most outstanding nominee is the Wests Tigers junior player who took a photo of his ‘junior member’ during an official team function, in team uniform, and posted it on social media. The player was never named and it is believed he never played a game of first grade.
What next for Andrews?
Who knows if he will ever fulfil his potential and play in the NRL. What is known is that he will be surrounded by positive role models at the Frownlow awards night to be held later this year.