Dayne Zorko says five-say breaks between games not sustainable


Shorter quarters and extended benches have been suggested by the likes of Lions coach Chris Fagan as ways to navigate the busy schedule with teams facing four to five-day turnarounds.

But Zorko warned it was “not possible” for players to cope if asked to have a minimum five day break between games throughout the season.

“I think [a four-day turnaround] would be extremely tight. I know five day [breaks], we have had a couple of those in the past few years and is certainly doable,” he said on Wednesday.

“But whether you can do that consistently, I don’t think that is possible.

“You could possibly squeeze out a four-day break then a seven-day break, but to be backing [up] four or five days in a row is pushing the body to the limits and certainly would be stretching the lists.”

Lynch said older players might suffer with any five-day breaks, but flexibility around scheduling was required.

“It will make it a little bit hard for us older blokes,” Lynch said.

“But I think whatever they come up with, the footy club will have to be really flexible and really buy into what is going to take place.

“It’s easier to say no than it is to say yes and start from there.

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“We have got the best [fitness] people … they are going to have us in fantastic nick, whether that is five-day breaks on the constant, if that is the reality, that is the reality.”

Zorko believed players would be physically prepared to play well into the year to complete the season with reports the grand final may be staged as late as New Year’s Eve.

“That [NYE grand final] would be halfway through our pre season [normally]. It will throw a spanner in the works [for 2021 preparations],” he said.

“But if that is what it takes then most players would be comfortable with that.

“We will be ready to play footy for as long as we need to.

“[And] it would be pretty exciting for the teams that play in it [grand final] I reckon, bring in the New Year as champions.”

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