Tom Starling earns a second chance.

NRL player Tom Starling has earned a second nomination for The Frownlow Medal after being arrested at a bar on the NSW Central Coast.

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.

Starling’s second nomination came at the same bar where he earned his first in 2020. The Canberra Raiders hooker and three other people were refused entry to a bar in Kincumber and are alleged to have threatened the security who would not let them in. Two of the group are alleged to have fled the scene on foot, while the other two reportedly yelled and hindered police, resulting in charges of assaulting a police officer.

The incident which earned Starling his first nomination left him with scars and bruises all over his face and led to accusations that he assaulted a police officer. This recent incident creates doubt over his playing future, as he is yet to sign a new deal with the Raiders.

The bigger question, though, is whether Starling will be allowed into the awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year.

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Taane Milne nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

NRL player Taane Milne has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after repeated disciplinary issues saw two clubs let him go.

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.

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.

Milne was sacked by the Wests Tigers in 2018 for failing a second illicit drug test, and his young career was almost over when the test earned him a 12 match suspension from the NRL.

The talented centre had previously been released by the Sydney Roosters due to minor off-field dramas and a poor attitude, and the incident at the Tigers could have ended the career of the Fijian international.

Fortunately for Milne, the New Zealand Warriors offered him a lifeline and he continues to represent the Kiwi club in the NRL.

Milne can now focus on the run to the NRL finals before preparing himself for the Frownlow awards night later in the year, where plenty of illicit drugs are sure to be available.

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