Don t bet on a Brownlow
Aaron Sandilands plays down Brownlow talk. Picture: Will Russell/Getty Images

Giant Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands has a message for anyone thinking of putting money on him winning the Brownlow Medal: don’t.

Sandilands had an impressive start to his 2014 season against Collingwood a fortnight ago after an injury-free pre-season and has been talked up as a potential contender if he stays fit.

The veteran has come in to $34 in betting ahead of their round two clash against Gold Coast, but was blunt about his chances of claiming one of the league’s highest honours.

“No definitely not,” he said.

“There’s a lot better players out there to put your money on.”

Sandilands joined teammates Matt de Boer, Alex Silvagni, Garrick Ibbotson, Lachie Neale and Chris Mayne to entertain several Starlight wish children and their families at the club today.

Fremantle’s annual Starlight Purple Haze Game is against the rising Suns at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night and Sandilands said he had enjoyed the weekend off.

“It gives you a bit of time to freshen up and we still had a good training run on Saturday but without the knocks and bumps that you get in a game,” he said.

Sandilands said he would be confident with their ruck battery, whether Jack Hannath or Zac Clarke was picked to partner him after just one WAFL game.

“That’s a decision that’s out of my hands,” he said.

“He performed pretty well on the weekend so I’m sure he’ll put his hand up.

“I think all the ruckmen on the list have different strengths and whoever we do play with, the two or three that go into the side all can get the job done.”

The West Australian

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