Collingwood cult hero Mason Cox has referred to as for the AFL to overtake the premiership medal system, after two of his shattered teammates missed out on the prized piece of silverware.
Collingwood veteran Taylor Adams and key ahead Dan McStay weren’t a part of the Magpies’ triumphant 2023 premiership, which means they did not obtain medals regardless of enjoying a significant function in getting the staff there.
However in Cox’s view, that pair, alongside your complete squad, would depart the MCG on the final Saturday in September with a medal.
Based on Cox, even John Noble, who was heartbreakingly axed from the aspect on the eve of the finals after not lacking a match since his debut in 2019, would even be honoured.
Collingwood defeated Brisbane instantly traditional grand last by 4 factors, with Cox enjoying his function and receiving a medal.
A few of his teammates nonetheless, weren’t so fortunate.
”It’s irritating to not see them have a medal round their neck to be trustworthy. I’d change it in a heartbeat. With out them we aren’t on this scenario,” Cox advised the Herald Solar.
“I do not know what the ruling could be but it surely simply appears fallacious to not have them with a medal.”
McStay was dominated out of the grand last after struggling a excessive grade medial knee pressure in Collingwood’s one-point preliminary finals win over GWS.
“To have that occur (to McStay) in a prelim is f—ing shattering,” Cox stated.
Three-time Richmond premiership captain Trent Cotchin agrees with Cox’s sentiment.
“They need to (all get medals). It takes a village to win one and everybody must be recognised for the contribution,” Cotchin stated on 7Sport on the Thursday evening earlier than the grand last.
In 2016, after the Western Bulldogs broke their 54-year premiership drought with a win over Sydney, coach Luke Beveridge graciously gave his premiership medal to injured stalwart Bob Murphy.
Geelong’s Max Holmes additionally heartbreakingly missed out within the Cats’ 2022 flag, struggling a hamstring damage of their preliminary last win.
Cotchin, who was a key a part of Richmond’s resurgence, believes that the medal represents a broader contribution throughout a complete season to achieve the head.
“I feel it is to not placed on present, it is to know that you simply contributed to that premiership,” Cotchin stated.