Hodgson shouldn't win: Freddy
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Josh Hodgson could be the first Englishman to win the Dally M Medal but Brad Fittler says it would be "funny" to see the Raiders hooker win the 'best and fairest' award.
Hodgson trailed Cooper Cronk, Jason Taumalolo, Cameron Smith and Ryan James by two points when voting was made private after round 16, with the four players leading on 16 points apiece.
However, when the count kicks off tonight the English rake will be five points behind the leaders because three points will be taken off him due to his one-game ban for a grapple tackle on Melbourne forward Jesse Bromwich in round 23.
"(Hodgson winning) seems funny when you have the best and fairest and he's been suspended," Fittler told SportsFan's Will McCloy.
"I know we changed the rules. Once again, we fell victim – I'm sure it was probably the media. If you get sent off (or suspended) you shouldn't be able to get it."
AFL players are automatically ineligible for the Brownlow Medal if they have been suspended, but a recent change to the match review panel means players can receive fines for low-grade offences and remain a chance to win the game's highest individual honour.
Fittler says that could be an option for the NRL in the future, but the league great believes the 'fairest' ingredient of the potion should be removed.
"We should just take fairest off and just have best. Do we really care if they're fair? Do we really care if they're fair? We just care if they win. We're in the game of sport," he said.
"If Josh Hodgson wins it then we need to take off fairest, because he got suspended."
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