Atley brothers bond in AFL season shutdown


“There’s a footy oval in town, but we’ve got enough space on the farm to be able to do some running sessions.

“We’ve got a dirt track down the paddock that goes for a couple of kilometres so you can do most of the running there.

Atley says the training has ramped up since the shutdown began.Credit:AAP

“We’ve got a bit of a home gym set up as well so more than enough for training.”

Helping Kangaroos players put in the hard yards has been coach Rhyce Shaw, who has been undertaking the same training program.

While it started off as a laugh seeing Shaw – who is five years retired from the AFL – try and keep up with North’s endurance beasts, the fun quickly ended.

“The first couple of weeks we got eased into the program with pure running but I think because Shawry was doing it he thought it was a bit easy so by the third week we got smashed,” the 198-gamer said.

Atley has enjoyed spending time with his family at a time of year when he usually wouldn't be able to.

Atley has enjoyed spending time with his family at a time of year when he usually wouldn’t be able to.Credit:AAP

While uncertainty surrounds the season’s resumption, North entered the competition suspension buoyed by a rousing comeback victory over St Kilda.

“All we can do is keep being hopeful [of restarting], but it’s definitely been a bit up and down with the motivation levels just not knowing when we are starting,” Atley, 27, said



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