Western Bulldogs players called back to Melbourne to prepare for season restart

“Players have gone home and the call has gone out to get them back.

“That’s true for the Bulldogs’ interstate players as much as anyone else’s.”

As clubs eagerly await an official restart date, Gordon backed the AFL’s decision to limit all clubs to training in groups of two, after consternation from some clubs based outside Victoria.

West Coast and Fremantle had been hopeful of training in larger groups after the Western Australian government last week lifted the local limit on outdoor gatherings to 10 people.

Clubs in South Australia and Queensland are operating under similar local rulings.


But the AFL quickly stepped in to ensure the 10 Victorian clubs, along with Sydney and GWS, were not disadvantaged by different restrictions in different states.

AFL football boss Steve Hocking stressed all 18 teams must abide by initial rules where players can only train with one other person.

“There’s obviously a considerable competitive advantage to be able to train together and I think it’s fair that the AFL regulate that so that there’s equity across the players in the competition,” Gordon said.


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