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.