Players on drug bans will not be eligible for either the Dally M Award or the Ken Stephen Medal at the end-of-season awards night.
The NRL has confirmed on Thursday that Paul Gallen and other Cronulla Sharks player on drug bans will not be eligible for the Dally M awards.
With ASADA’s back-dated 12-month bans set to end in November, the NRL issued a statement stating the suspended players would be ineligible for any end of season awards.
NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said the players would be ineligible for either the Dally M Award or the Ken Stephen Medal in line with the rules of the awards.
The statement also said that it will be a matter for other leagues and clubs to determine whether the suspended players are eligible for awards, such as the Brad Fittler Medal, which come under their jurisdiction.
Players will continue to be recognised for career achievements in the usual way.