This year’s Brownlow Medal will be an online event, according to renowned football journalist Caroline Wilson.

Wilson told Channel 9’s Footy Classified AFL’s night of nights will be broadcasted from various studios across the country.

An event which usually draws thousands of people to Melbourne’s Crown Palladium, and usually rates highly on TV, will look very different this year.

“It will be an online event and there won’t be a function, I’m almost certain it will be on the Sunday night (before the Grand Final),” she said.

“The AFL has realised that some of the things they’ve done in recent weeks have been tone deaf.

“They don’t think it would send a poor and gloating message to the people of Victoria who are doing it tough.

“The social distancing would be too hard and the Queensland Premier is a bit under pressure for her relationships with the AFL,” Wilson said.

“Hamish McLachlan will host it; Bruce McAvaney will play a role up in Queensland and they might get the two Grand Final teams together in a room somewhere.

“It’s not going to be a function,” she said.

Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale remains the Brownlow favourite.