Clarkson claims clarity still needed over runner restrictions

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson claims AFL coaches are still seeking clarity over the new rules relating to runners just three days out from the start of the season, despite the AFL saying last week it will not be changing the restrictions on runners.

Clarkson and the bulk of other club coaches met AFL CEO Gil McLachlan and football manager Steve Hocking last Thursday, where Clarkson was understood to have set the tone of the meeting with a feisty opening gambit over runners.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is not happy with the rule changes regarding runners.Credit:John Donegan

But the AFL stressed the restrictions were trialled a year ago, the changes were made in October, coaches thus had a long time to give feedback, and the league was not likely to change them.

“We just wanted certain clarity. We’re about to go into a big season and we start this Thursday night and as we sit right here now we still don’t exactly know what’s going on with the runners rule and what the interpretation is going to be there,” Clarkson told SEN on Monday morning.


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