With the 2022 Brownlow Medal to be presented on Sunday night, SUNS Media has taken a look at the Gold Coast players most likely to poll votes throughout the season.
According to the AFL.com.au’s Brownlow Predictor, Miller is atop the heap and projected to poll 30 votes, the most of any player. After a slower start to the season by his lofty standards, the SUNS co-captain is tipped to poll a maximum three votes in Rounds 7, 9, 12, 19 and 20. After Round 10, there are only three games Miller is not expected to poll in, highlighting his consistency in the back-half of the season. The 26-year-old has the best chance to win the Brownlow Medal as a Gold Coast SUN since Gary Ablett in 2014.
After missing almost all of 2021 with an ACL injury, Witts made a successful return to AFL football in 2022. His performances showed he was still at the elite level he had set in 2020, with the 30-year-old projected to be the second-highest polling SUN on Brownlow night (seven votes). Witts projects to receive three votes for his efforts in Round 4 against Carlton where he amassed 42 hitouts and 16 disposals. He’s also expected to poll in Rounds 9 (v Fremantle), 11 (v Hawthorn) and 15 (v Port Adelaide).
A breakout season which saw him win the SUNS’ Emerging Player award, Noah Anderson played 21 of 22 games as a mainstay in the middle of the ground. Anderson had some prolific performances through the season, and may pinch a few votes of Touk Miller on occasion. He’s predicted to poll in the Round 4 victory against Carlton, the Round 20 win against West Coast and is projected for a best-on-ground three votes in the Round 23 match against North Melbourne where he had 30 disposals, six clearances and a goal. Although not predicted to poll, don’t be surprised if he also receives votes for his heroics in the thrilling Round 17 win against Richmond after the siren at Metricon Stadium.