Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe paid a touching tribute to his former teammate Lachie Neale who on Sunday night claimed the 2020 Brownlow Medal.
After finishing equal third in 2019, Neale this season finished on top to claim his first Brownlow Medal following a stellar year with the Lions who fell just one game short of a grand final appearance.
The 27-year-old, who entered the night as the overwhelming favourite, polled a total of 31 votes out of a possible 51.
Neale ultimately won in a landslide, finishing 10 votes clear of second-placed Travis Boak (21).
But as per tradition, the Brownlow Medal was awarded by the previous year’s winner.
Fyfe, a two-time Brownlow winner who claimed his second award in 2019, was forced to virtually present the medal to his former teammate.
Neale spent seven seasons at Fremantle alongside Fyfe before departing for the Lions at the end of 2018.
Fyfe said the only thing he wanted to do was to wrap his arms around his former teammate in a touching tribute.
“You came to us at Freo as a late draft pick and really from day one set about proving to the competition how great a player you could be,” Fyfe said.
“I think what you’ve done at Brisbane is turn into one of the most consistent players in the competition, an absolute superstar.
“We’ve been teammates, we’ve been opponents, we’re always going to be great mates. I wish I was there to give you a big hug and put the medal around your neck.
“I can’t do that this year, but it’s my great pleasure to ask you to present yourself with the 2020 Brownlow Medal.”