Former Kangaroos great David King believes the Brownlow Medal race is already over with four rounds left in the home and away season.
King says Brisbane recruit Lachie Neale will storm home with the award after leading the Lions to second place on the ladder off the back of six-straight wins.
Brisbane’s got a guy in the middle and I’m calling it, I reckon the Brownlow is over,” he told SEN’s Whateley.
“After Round 4, Neale could be on nine or 10 votes anyway. He’s had 13 games this year where he’s had 28 disposals or more and I think in their 13 wins, 10 of them involve him getting 28 disposals or more.
“If you go back on his history, Lachie Neale, he just wins awards, that’s what he does. He’s got the Ross Glendinning Medal regularly, even when Fremantle didn’t have winning seasons, he got Brownlow votes.
“In 2016 they won four games and he got 20 Brownlow votes. The next year in an eight-win season he got 14 votes. Last year, eight-win season and 11 votes.
“So he gets votes. There’s no one taking votes off him at Brisbane. He’s the easy three-vote choice.
“Dayne Zorko got six votes in the Brownlow last year, he doesn’t take votes off you.
“I just think he’ll be that Chris Judd style three-voter. It’ll be that sort of event.”
Neale is averaging 31.5 disposals and 8.1 clearances per game in 2019 while ranking second in the league in contested possessions.