With Christmas just around the corner, Josh Reynolds is hoping Santa brings him the ultimate present this year, The Frownlow Medal.
The NRL player earned a nomination for the highly-prestigious award just moments before judging closes, after he was charged with domestic violence.
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.
Reynolds was charged with a domestic violence offence and defends the charge. He is happy, however, that the charge was handed down before 2019 officially ends and the winner of The Frownlow Medal is announced. He is also no stranger to Frownlow judges, having been nominated in 2017 for refusing to leave a pub while intoxicated.
The award would look great in his stocking and would be the perfect way to kick off a huge New Year’s Eve celebration with the boys.
Reynolds faces tough opposition, though, in the form of Zane Musgrove, Scott Bolton, Manase Fainu, Jaidyn Stephenson, Jack de Belin, Jarryd Hayne and serial homophobe Israel Folau.