RICHMOND midfielder Trent Cotchin says he would accept the 2012 Brownlow Medal if banned Bomber Jobe Watson is forced to surrender the award.
Watson's right to retain the Brownlow was jeopardised when the Court of Arbitration for Sport in January found 34 past and present Essendon players guilty of an anti-doping violation.
Cotchin and Hawks' midfielder Sam Mitchell finished joint runner-up in the 2012 count four votes behind Watson.
The 25-year-old made his view clear on Channel Nine's Footy Classified on Monday night when he was asked whether he would accept the Brownlow if it were stripped from Watson.
"I think you would have to," Cotchin said.
However, he stressed that it was not something he was focused on.
"Jobe was the best player that season. Until an appeal is heard and then the commission has made a decision, there’s really no point putting any thought into it.
"But at this stage, Jobe played consistent good footy that season.
"I think it’d be a challenging position to be in, because we all know the great person Jobe is."
The AFL Commission will deliberate on whether Watson should retain the medal if the suspended Bombers' appeal to the Swiss Federal Court challenging the CAS guilty decision fails.
Watson had been invited to address the AFL Commission in February on the issue but a decision was delayed once the players decided to appeal their season-long ban for their part in Essendon's 2012 supplements program.
Watson has not spoken publicly since the CAS decision was delivered on January 12.