Lachie Neale to put the pedal to the medals after fantastic AFL season

ODDS ON: Brisbane Lions midfielder and former Kybybolite junior Lachie Neale is the unbackable favourite to win this year's Brownlow Medal. Photo: AFL.
ODDS ON: Brisbane Lions midfielder and former Kybybolite junior Lachie Neale is the unbackable favourite to win this year's Brownlow Medal. Photo: AFL.

Former Kybybolite junior Lachie Neale could become the first footballer from the South East to win the AFL's Brownlow Medal.

According toSportsbet, the Brisbane Lions midfielder is one of the top contenders to win the prestigious award, as well as the Norm Smith Medal.

If Neale is able to win the Brownlow-Norm Smith Medal double, he would be only the second person in AFL/VFL history to do it, with Richmond's Dustin Martin in 2017 the only other player to accomplish the feat.

The midfielder, who was $11 to win the Brownlow in March, is now the $1.25 favourite to become the Lion's first Brownlow Medal winner since Simon Black in 2002.

With the Lions locked in to a top-two spot on the ladder ahead of the AFL finals, Neale is $14 to win the Norm Smith.

Dustin Martin is currently $10 to go back-to-back after winning the medal when best on ground in last year's grand final. Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield is on $11 and Richmond's Jack Riewoldt is $14.

Sportsbet communications manager Rich Hummerston has backed Lachie Neale to win both medals, stating everything is falling into place for the ball magnet.

"Lachie Neale is having a blinder this season and he's unbackable for the Brownlow," Mr Hummerston said.

"If the Lions can make it to the big dance he'll be the go to man and a leading contender for another medal."

With one home and away match to play, Neale currently averages 27.4 disposals, 4.4 marks, 3.3 tackles and 0.7 goals per game.

The Brisbane Lions will take on Carlton this Saturday night at the Gabba.