Gary Ablett dominates Brownlow Medal betting. Picture: Getty Images/courier mail.com.au
He's won the AFL's best and fairest award twice before, and now just nine rounds into the 2014 season, Gold Coast Suns super-star Gary Ablett is firm favourite to don a third Brownlow Medal.
The $2 on offer for Ablett is the shortest price anyone has ever been this early in the season. His nearest rivals in betting are Geelong captain Joel Selwood and Sydney Swan Josh Kennedy .
Love him or hate him, Gazza is an irresistible force in the AFL. Many good judges have the dual premiership winner five points clear of Joel Selwood and Josh Kennedy in unofficial Brownlow voting. Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield , Collingwood's Scott Pendelbury and Richmond's Trent Cotchin are next best, some seven votes behind the 'Son of God'.
To bring this into perspective, the home and away fixtures don't finish until the end August, so there are still 14 rounds remaining. Anything can happen, but such is the dominance of this highly decorated midfielder, that he's in-line for back-to-back Brownlows. People are willing to ignore possible injury, loss of form, change in team fortune or likely heroics from other stars to back this champion.
With his beloved Suns in fifth position and tipped to play finals footy for the very first time, it's hard not to see Gazza leading the way, and as such, dominating Brownlow voting. If the 30-year-old remains relatively injury free, Ablett and the Gold Coast should see September action, and he himself, another Brownlow.