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Blight slams "ridiculous" player award

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AFL legend Malcolm Blight says the peer-voted most valuable player award is the most over-rated accolade in the world.

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Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell won the AFL Players’ Association MVP award on Thursday night but Blight says having players vote on each other is bewildering.

“These are the most over-rated awards in the whole of the world,” Blight told radio station FIVEaa.

“Players voting on themselves, half of them say they don’t ever watch a game, they don’t even watch their teammates half of them.

“Blokes in the media … would know who played better than most players in the whole comp and I think the media awards are actually higher, they know more about the players who play well.

“Players don’t watch themselves, a lot of them don’t watch it or watch other teams and sometimes they can’t because they’re playing at the same time or on a plane.

“It is the most ridiculous awards.”

Blight also criticised All Australian selectors for naming Sydney’s Lance Franklin the skipper of the annual composite team when he doesn’t captain his club.

“You have already got a captain in there of the West Coast Eagles who finished second on the ladder in the name of Shannon Hurn, and you pick a captain who is not captain of his club, never has been, never will be … wow, what a decision, I can’t believe it,” he said.

“Strangest decision I have seen in the All Australian team in the last 10 years.”

– AAP

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