Christian Petracca was pipped at the post for the 2020 Brownlow Medal, polling 20 votes to snag a top three position in the acclaimed awards.
With Demon Duo Clayton Oliver (14 votes) and Max Gawn (13 votes) also finishing in the Top 11, Petracca’s votes were seemingly nabbed, leaving him high and dry when it came to the final moments of the award.
AFL Legend Shane Crawford had this to say,
“Anyone who has doubted Christian Petracca as being the number one player in the competition this year, 2020, I’m happy to look you in the eye and take you on.”
2021 should tell a similar tale, with an interesting twist.
Petracca’s stats have been on a steady upswing since his debut, with the Former No. 2 Draft Pick firstly spending a majority of his maiden year up forward. There, he proved himself for the first time, booting a team-high 22 goals for the season.
But he truly got his moment in late 2019, with his first taste of the midfield. There, he truly shone… and hasn’t moved since.
Petracca trully relishes the turf he plays on, and will only get better and better as the seasons go on. His handballs currently sit at an elite level, 23.5. His handballs are in the same realm at 11.6.
All Petracca has to do is improve on his 3.9 total clearances, and 3.2 total tackles per game… and he’ll be well on his way to a Brownlow in 2021.
Players fly that close to the sun to catapult back down, once they’ve had a taste of something so sweet, it becomes irresistible – and the same can be said for Petracca and a Brownlow.
After coming so close last year, there’s only one way to go for his career now – and that’s onwards and upwards.