Roos: Brownlow No Longer The Most Prestigious

Coaches' award "the most credible"

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Triple M Footy’s Paul Roos believes the AFL Coaches’ Association player of the year award has become more prestigious than the coveted Brownlow Medal. 

The former eight-time All-Australian still believes players would prefer to win the Brownlow, but he told Triple M’s Rush Hour on Wednesday that the time had come for the significance of the coaches’ award to be amplified.

“I think it’s an award that only six or seven people can win. I don’t think you’re ever going to change where that award sits,” Roos said of the Brownlow during The Midweek Rub. 

“For me, if I’m a player I’d love to win the Brownlow. But the most credible award is the Coaches’ Association award. 

“You’ve got two match committees sitting at the end of a game and we took it very seriously at Melbourne ... two coaching panels (every game) picking the best player in the competition based on our tactics and based on your tactics – it’s a pretty prestigious award, really, when you think about it.

“You’ve got to leave the Brownlow the same because it is the Brownlow, but I think we’ve got to start to elevate some of these other awards in where they should sit.”