Former NRL player Josh McGuire is still able to salvage something from his first Super League season after being nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
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, while NRL star Manase Fainu is the most recent recipient.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.
McGuire won’t play a game for his new club for seven weeks after making a derogatory comment in a pre-season game.
The former Australia and Queensland rep was sent off for making a disablist slur against an opposing player during his first game with Warrington Wolves. Ironically, Wolves are known for supporting people with disabilities.
The hard-running forward was also fined $1750 and ordered to attend mandatory education.
The last time McGuire was nominated for Frownlow honours was in much happier circumstances. He was one of many St George-Illawarra Dragons players punished for attending Paul Vaughan’s famous BBQ during COVID-19 lockdowns in NSW in 2021.