Unsurprisingly Brownlow favourite Gary Ablett has downplayed his chances of winning his second “Charlie”, appearing on the red carpet ahead of the 84th annual Brownlow Medal night.
“I’m just looking forward to enjoying the night, and going in with no expectations and if I walk away with a smile on my face well that’s a bonus,” Ablett said.
Essendon captain and reigning Brownlow Medallist Jobe Watson, who will be presenting the 2013 winner with the award, laughed off suggestion he’d be replicating Adam Cooney’s famous forehead kiss should Ablett be standing on stage at the end of the night.
“I’ve got too much respect for him to kiss him on the head,” Watson said.
Having won just three wins in previous season, Ablett led his Gold Coasters to the best season in their short history, the team securing eight premiership victories and showing strong improvement.
“There was a lot of improvement from our team this year, and I was super proud of the boys with eight wins on the board,” he said.
“We are really moving forward as a Club and hopefully finals footy isn’t too far away.”