Easing coronavirus restrictions in WA to allow West Coast, Fremantle to get a headstart on rival clubs

West Coast defender Brad Sheppard said the presence of more players in group exercises from this week would help ease that problem for his club.

“How well the WA public have gone about the distancing and isolation, it’s given us and our state a leg up on the other states,” Sheppard told TAB Radio on Tuesday.

Small groups of players from West Coast and Fremantle will be allowed to train with restrictions easing in WA.Credit:Getty Images

“To be able to train with a couple more boys definitely – talking about that motivation – seeing other boys and seeing the hard work is why you play footy [and] the camaraderie.

“To be able to get a couple more players that you haven’t seen in a while to come down and have a kick is something I was pretty happy about.”


West Coast’s football department had meetings planned on Tuesday, where players were set to be given updated information on what they were allowed to do under government restrictions.

“No doubt going forward if it’s a green light we will be training in small groups, which I think is a great thing,” Sheppard said.

The 179-game defender said he had spent some of his downtime during the AFL shutdown period learning how to surf, partly under the guidance of his cousin and Australian cricketer Mitch Marsh.



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