No AFL-listed players to take part in WAFL
The AFL has ruled that no AFL-listed player will be allowed to compete in second-tier competitions in 2020.
Tuesday's decision means the Eagles will withdraw their WAFL team and the Dockers will be unable to fulfil their alignment agreement with Peel Thunder.
AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillion said that "they must prioritise the health and safety of our players, Club staff and the community and this necessarily means minimising, wherever possible, person-to-person contact; the adoption of a rigorous testing regime; and strict compliance with the health and safety protocols."
The AFL is currently considering alternative arrangements where players not selected to play in their AFL team participate in matches between other AFL clubs in a controlled environment, in line with Government and AFL protocols, in order to have continuity in game play and improve their possibility for selection.
West Coast released a statement that read: “We understand the need for tight protocols around our players and staff circulating in the community and the risks that presents,” General Manager – Football Craig Vozzo said.
“It is disappointing, but this is a unique situation and we must abide by the strict protocols as directed by our governments, health officials and the AFL.
“Those players not selected for a given match will prepare for AFL opportunities through a well planned training program that our High Performance staff will put together over the course of the season.”