Players who have been suspended should still be eligible to win the Brownlow Medal, according to the majority of senior coaches.
The AFL’s coaches voted on who they think is the best player in each position in a survey for AFL.com.au, plus several other question about the state of the game.
56.25% of coaches voted for players to still be eligible take home Charlie on Brownlow night if they have been suspended. The League has twice been left red faced when the player who polled the most votes was ineligible to win. In 1996 (Corey McKernan) and in 1997 (Chris Grant).
Over half of the coaches believe that the new MRP system has improved, with carry over points not part of the new system. However, 75% of coaches believe that the standard of umpiring has either gotten worse or has not improved.
The full results from the survey will be published in the round 20 edition of the AFL Record.