Dwayne Russell believes Toby Greene is in no danger of ultimately missing out on the AFL’s Hall of Fame, despite the attacker’s poor record with suspension.
Reports surfaced on Tuesday morning The age that club officials had told Greene he could be at risk of being overlooked for the honors once he retires unless he can stop being suspended.
The 28-year-old’s most recent foul came when he made contact with referee Matt Stevic during the Giants’ elimination final win over Sydney.
He was suspended for three weeks by the AFL tribunal for that incident, but the AFL will appeal that finding on Thursday evening.
The Giants superstar has been found guilty by the Match Review Officer 22 times in his 176 games and paid more than $30,000 in fines, but Russell believes Greene’s position as a major player is not in jeopardy.
“Would this stop him from being considered a Hall of Famer? I’m not sure it will happen,” he continued Dwayne’s world of SEN.
“If you look at who’s in the Hall of Fame, Greg Williams got a nine-game ban for contacting the umpire, he’s already in the Hall of Fame, Greg Williams, and he deserves to be there. The contact with the referee didn’t stop him from being there.
“Leigh Matthews, a legend of the AFL Hall of Fame, he has a statue in the MCG, the AFL MVP award is named after him. He has been deregistered from the VFL for four weeks.
“I don’t think it’s a chance to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.”
Greene has developed into one of the most exciting and dangerous players in the league as a dynamic half-striker, averaging 17 disposals and over two goals per game in 2021.
The TO BE host also commented on the recent livewire suspension, saying he didn’t believe it was worth appealing.
“If I was the AFL, at the time I thought he deserved four weeks, that was my immediate reaction,” he said.
“He ended up getting three weeks. It might have been light, but if I was the AFL I would have let it go.”
The AFL’s appeal in Greene’s case is due Thursday, but the small attacker is not required to provide evidence.