Erin Phillips won the 2017 and 2019 MVP awards in the same seasons as her league best-and-fairest titles.
A two-time best and fairest and premiership player at the Bulldogs, Kearney faces some stiff opposition from not only her rivals clubs but teammate Jasmine Garner.
Garner also averaged 20 disposals a game for North Melbourne in a season in which the Roos shaped as premiership contenders before the coronavirus cut short the AFLW finals.
Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce is also expected to be popular among her peers when the votes are counted on Monday, along with her teammate Karen Paxman.
The ruck-rover was among the league’s top ball winners, averaging 21 disposals a game in 2020, while Pearce averaged 14.9 disposals across half-back for the Demons.
Monique Conti also had a strong season for the Tigers, albeit in a side that struggled in 2020, while other nominees for the award include Adelaide superstar Anne Hatchard, Collingwood’s Jamiee Lambert and Carlton young gun Madison Prespakis.
Hatchard had an incredible season statistically for the Crows, averaging 25 disposals, 4.7 marks and 5.7 tackles a game in 2020.
Each playing group has submitted three of its players as nominees for the MVP, as well as one nominee for best first-year player and most courageous.
Gold Coast’s Jade Pregelj and St Kilda’s Georgia Patrikios are leading contenders for best first-year player, after both were named in the All-Australian squad of 40, while Chelsea Randall’s three-year grip on the AFLPA’s most courageous AFLW player will be released after the Crows captain missed the entire 2020 season due to injury.
Kearney, Pregelj and Isabel Huntington (Bulldogs) are among the top hopes for the league’s award for the most courageous.
Players will also vote on the league’s best captain, an award Pearce has twice won, in 2017 and 2018.
Kearney, Fremantle’s Kara Antonio and the Bulldogs’ Ellie Blackburn are also in the mix for the award.
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.