Cats ac­cept ban

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON RALPH AND LACHIE YOUNG

PA­TRICK Danger­field could find him­self in the un­com­fort­able po­si­tion of hand­ing this year’s Brown­low Medal to a player with fewer votes than him.

The AFL yes­ter­day con­firmed Danger­field ( right) would still be in­vited to present this year’s Brown­low Medal, de­spite be­ing in­el­i­gi­ble.

As the cur­rent holder of the most re­cent Brown­low Medal he will have the task of putting the 2017 Brown­low around the neck of the win­ner.

Danger­field yes­ter­day ac­cepted a one- match sus­pen­sion for his dan­ger­ous tackle on Matthew Kreuzer, mak­ing him in­el­i­gi­ble.

The star Cat said it was now time to move for­ward.

“No­body likes miss­ing games of footy, I cer­tainly don’t, but we’ve got a greater goal that is big­ger than my­self, and just this week­end we’ve got a clear vi­sion for what we want to achieve,” Danger­field said.

“You weigh up a whole myr­iad of dif­fer­ent things and that ( chal­leng­ing) comes into your cal­cu­la­tions but at the end of the day it’s a de­ci­sion that is based on what is best for us as a group and as a club and now it is about mov­ing for­ward and fo­cus­ing on this week.

“It ( the Brown­low Medal) is not in my think­ing, and peo­ple can spec­u­late as much as they like, but if you’re in­volved in any sort of sport you un­der­stand that the most im­por­tant thing is be­ing in­volved on the fi­nal day and be­ing tri­umphant.”

Danger­field could still poll the most votes but be on stage as he hands the medal to an el­i­gi­ble vic­tor.

AFL spokesman Pa­trick Keane con­firmed he would be in­vited to this year’s Brown­low Medal and asked to per­form that task.

“All for­mer win­ners are in­vited for life. We have had plenty of Brown­low Medal­lists who have been sus­pended in later years who have at­tended,” Keane said.

Rich­mond’s Dustin Mar­tin is now the white- hot Brown­low favourite – $ 1.18 at TAB – to take out the Brown­low Medal.

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