Glenn Archer, North Melbourne’s Shinboner of the century, has revealed he approached Kangaroos’ officials over summer to have the medal named after himself and Essendon great James Hird scrapped.
Since 2008, the Hird-Archer Medal had been presented to the best afield in games between the Kangaroos and Essendon.
However, Archer, who rarely attends matches because of business interests, said he was happy for the medal to be scrapped. It was not presented after the Bombers’ thumping win on Friday night.
‘‘There is no problem with it. We all agreed there are so many different medals and cups these days, and I don’t really get to games anyway so I can’t present it, so I said to the club before the season anyway that I don’t think you really need it and no one aspires to win it,’’ Archer said on Monday.
‘‘They don’t really make much of a fuss about it so I am not going to worry about it.’’
Archer said Hird’s involvement in the Bombers’ supplements scandal had not impacted on his decision.
‘‘We didn’t even speak about that. We just thought it was another medal and so many cups (that) teams play for. We thought, 'Let it just die a silent death',’’ he said.