Howe hopes for AFL mark of the year review

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    Collingwood star Jeremy Howe is hopeful the AFL will change its mark of the year judging process after his controversial snub in this year’s award.

    Howe’s spectacular grab over Melbourne’s Tom McDonald was widely lauded as the most brilliant mark of the season, but Essendon’s Joe Daniher won the award, which is voted on by the public.

    Magpies president Eddie McGuire quickly called for an overhaul of the system after the Brownlow Medal ceremony snub that left Howe visibly stunned.

    “Nuh,” Howe replied with a laugh when asked if he was over the shock result on Monday.

    “No, I am, but there’s not much you can do about it. I’ll just have to go harder next year.

    “Word from above is that they’re going to change it to a (judging) panel – it’s not going to be voted on by the public – but we’ll see.

    “It’s all fun and games … Joey’s a great player and he takes good grabs, so I’ll just have to go higher next year.”

    The AFL are reviewing the judging process for the mark and goal of the year awards and are yet to make a public announcement on any potential changes.

    Howe and the rest of the playing squad returned to full pre-season training on Monday.

    Injured skipper Scott Pendlebury was a limited participant as he recovers from a broken finger suffered in the international rules series.

    Daniel Wells was also limited but he will be managed through pre-season after he only managed 10 games last season.

    The former North Melbourne star was criticised 12 months ago for showing up out of shape, but the club is happy with the way he has presented this pre-season.

    Jamie Elliott was a notable absentee as he recovers from ankle surgery that will keep him from full training until late January.

    He will return to the club next week when he will meet with the leadership group to discuss his recent arrest for public drunkenness.

    © AAP 2017