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Lion looks in for big awards season

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps won’t be going back-to-back in the AFL Players Association MVP award after his teammates opted not to nominate him as a 2020 contender. Cripps, who polled votes from the AFL coaches in seven games this season, was left out by the Carlton players who chose rising star Sam Walsh, All-Australian contender…

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps won’t be going back-to-back in the AFL Players Association MVP award after his teammates opted not to nominate him as a 2020 contender.

Cripps, who polled votes from the AFL coaches in seven games this season, was left out by the Carlton players who chose rising star Sam Walsh, All-Australian contender Jacob Weitering and recruit Jack Martin as it’s trio of contenders.

Geelong players also didn’t include star Patrick Dangerfield, who has won three of the last four club best and fairest awards and is fifth in Brownlow medal betting, among its three picks.

Coleman Medal leader Tom Hawkins, Cam Guthrie and Sam Menegola got the noD from their teammates after stellar 2020 seasons.

The award is judged in a two-step process. Firstly players nominate three contenders from their club before the wider playing group vote to decide the winner.

Players cannot vote for their own teammates in stage two of the process.

Cripps is a back-to-back Carlton best and fairest, and has also been All-Australian the past two seasons, picking up his first Leigh Matthew trophy last year, as well as polling 26 Brownlow medal votes.

His numbers have been slightly down this season but his coach David Teague said Cripps had played an “important part” in Carlton’s seven-win season so far.

Brownlow medal favourite Lachie Neale was among Brisbane’s three nominations, and would be favourite to win his first MVP.

Reigning Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe and Collingwood defender Darcy Moore were among the other contenders with nominees from nine clubs released on Wednesday.

Lion-hearted Gold Coast defender Sam Collins , GWS defender Nick Haynes and Adelaide ruckman Reilly O’Brien were among other players in contention for the award.

Nominees from the remaining nine clubs will be released on Thursday.

The MVP nominees:

ADELAIDE

Rory Laird, Reilly O’Brien, Brodie Smith

BRISBANE

MVP: Harris Andrews, Jarryd Lyons, Lachie Neale

CARLTON

MVP: Jack Martin, Sam Walsh, Jacob Weitering

COLLINGWOOD

MVP: Taylor Adams, Brayden Maynard, Darcy Moore

ESSENDON

MVP: Andrew McGrath, Zac Merrett, Jordan Ridley

FREMANTLE

MVP: Nathan Fyfe, Luke Ryan, Matthew Taberner

GEELONG

MVP: Cameron Guthrie, Tom Hawkins, Sam Menegola

GOLD COAST SUNS

MVP: Samuel Collins, Touk Miller, Jarrod Witts

GWS GIANTS

MVP: Nick Haynes, Harry Perryman, Lachie Whitfield

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