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Dockers coach hopeful of extra staffing in hub

Dockers coach Justin Longmuir hopes the club will be able to take 30 coaches and support staff to Queensland when the AFL returns.

Under its COVID-19 return-to-play protocols, the AFL has capped football department staff numbers at 25 people who can be in contact with players.

Speaking on #SportsLine Longmuir believes "when you take 47-players away and are live out of a hotel does create issues and challenges."

“We need to make sure we resource our playing group and our staff to make sure that this period of time is really beneficial for us.

“If we leave some players back here (in Perth) how are we going to surround them with physios, fitness staff and coaching that will allow them to develop through this period without games on.

“We’re still waiting on confirmation from the AFL as to how many players and staff we can take, and if we can take all our players we’ll look to do that.”

The AFL is expected to make a decision next week as to whether they will allow the Dockers and also the Eagles to have special compensation.


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