Reece Walsh still in the running for a second major award.

Young NRL star Reece Walsh could add The Frownlow Medal to his rookie award this year after he was arrested for cocaine possession late one night at Surfer’s Paradise.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Moments after winning the RLPA Rookie of the Year award, Walsh was arrested at the popular nightclub strip for disobeying a move-on order, and recently confessed to being in possession of cocaine at the time.

The freakishly-talented player was the hot favourite to also win the Dally M Rookie of the Year award, but was ruled out. Not because of the recent drug bust, but because he was suspended for on-field indiscretions twice in the season.

Reece took the NRL by storm this year and at just 18 was selected for Queensland in State of Origin, but missed the game through injury. He impressed so many people when he switched to the Warriors mid-season that Kiwi legend Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moved to the wing to allow Walsh to play fullback.

He has now moved himself firmly into the senior ranks by getting nominated for the most prestigious award in Australian sport, The Frownlow Medal. He also repeated the ultimate footballer’s cliche when he said in media interviews earlier this year that he will “look to personally set a positive example for the next generation” and that he wants to make his baby daughter proud of him.

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Not too early and not too late for Josh Worrell.

It’s never too early in your career, and never too late in the year to earn a nomination for The Frownlow Medal, as AFL player Josh Worrell can attest.

Worrell waited until the final weeks of voting to throw his hat into the ring for the most prestigious award in Australian sport after being caught drink driving and using a phone. The youngster is in the early stages of his AFL career but is already mixing it with Wife Beaters, alleged rapists and players who were nominated for assault, sleeping with school girls and breaching COVID-19 restrictions this year.

Worrell was caught using his mobile phone while driving, and with an excessive blood alcohol limit while driving in Adelaide recently, while still on his P’s. Worrell has thus earned a Frownlow nomination before playing a first-grade AFL game, proving that winning The Frownlow Medal is what really matters to Australia-based professional footballers.

Josh has been given an Uber account so that he can attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in just a few weeks time, where he and more than 50 other anxious players will find out who has been chosen as this year’s medallist.

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