Retiring Swans star Adam Goodes has asked not to be considered for an AFL Players’ Association Award which recognises departing players’ contribution to the sport and community.
The association reportedly said the former Australian of the Year had asked not to be considered for the Madden Medal which honours football achievement, personal development and community spirit and off-field engagement.
It comes after Goodes opted not to take part in the grand final motorcade for retiring players before last Saturday’s decider.
Earlier in the year, he took time out from football after he was booed by fans in Perth in round 17.
Goodes said racism was a reason for the jeering from some opposition fans, sparking widespread condemnation of the crowd behaviour from the wider community.
This year’s Madden Medal finalists are Carlton’s Chris Judd, Dustin Fletcher and Paul Chapman from Essendon, Fremantle’s Luke McPharlin, Daniel Cross from Melbourne, Kane Cornes from Port Adelaide and Chris Newman of Richmond.
The two-time Brownlow medallist is expected to farewell the game at Sydney’s best and fairest dinner on Friday.