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AFL limits full-contact training to small groups as Essendon awaits decision on quarantined players

The decision was made and relayed to clubs on Monday in order to mitigate risk after Essendon's Conor McKenna returned a positive COVID-19 result over the weekend.

Clubs will be permitted to continue contact training in groups of up to nine, and larger groups can still conduct ball movement drills providing there is no contact.

In another decision by the league, players and approved club staff must not visit other houses, or have visitors in their house, within 48 hours of their weekly pre-match day test.

AFL in mourning for giant of SA football

Hammond, 78, is recognised as one of the giants of South Australian football across a six-decade contribution to the game. He passed away in Adelaide surrounded by close family after a courageous recent battle with Parkinson’s disease. 

Hogan a chance for R2 return as Dockers regain stars

Hogan had been absent from the club since January, but returned to non-contact training with his Dockers teammates following the COVID-19 shutdown period on Monday and could put his name forward for selection next month.

It follows a maiden season with Fremantle where Hogan featured only 12 times last year due to a foot injury, having made a high-profile move from Melbourne at the conclusion of the 2018 campaign.

"He's a possibility (to go to the Gold Coast hub)," Dockers coach Justin Longmuir said.

"He joined the group this week, albeit in a smaller group.

Gov sheds the kilos in isolation

A trimmed down McGovern has impressed in training since the club's return to non-contact drills on Monday, making the most of a new fitness program in quarantine.

"I don't know what Gov's done," Eagles coach Adam Simpson laughed on Wednesday.

"He's looking good, he's in as good a shape as I've ever seen him.

"I think he's a big one for the remote program. He might be advocating for that next year."

NRL and AFL target May return

The National Rugby League, the most popular competition in the country's east coast, and the Australian Football League, which dominates in the south and west, are facing huge financial losses during the lockdown.

Both leagues were forced to abandon their seasons after they had barely started because of the government restrictions put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, which has infected nearly 6,000 people and caused 49 deaths in Australia.

Collingwood's premiership hopes take another hit

The Magpies' medical room is now overflowing with the AFL's longest injury list, from which it's now possible to name a phantom starting 18.

Collingwood's premiership hopes take another hit

The Magpies' medical room is now overflowing with the AFL's longest injury list, from which it's now possible to name a phantom starting 18.

In the fallout from a brutal loss to flag fancy Richmond at the MCG on Friday night, the wounded Pies have likely lost both their best player Jordan De Goey (hamstring) and promising youngster Isaac Quaynor (foot stress injury) for multiple weeks each, while star midfielder Taylor Adams (hamstring), full-back Jordan Roughead (concussion) and Tom Phillips (collarbone) are under clouds.

Blues' prized pick ruled out for a month

However, there is good news on the injury front for the Blues, with former captain Marc Murphy and key defender Liam Jones nearing recovering from respective setbacks.

Stocker, 19, missed last Saturday's upset victory over Brisbane due to the foot injury, having previously played in five successive games after making his senior debut last month.

The rebounding defender, who the Blues traded up to secure in last year's NAB AFL Draft, was averaging 13.6 disposals per game and had impressed the club with his kicking ability.

Superstar Cat in the hunt for another Brownlow

That's according to AFL.com.au's Brownlow Predictor, which has Dangerfield's teammate Tim Kelly leading with a tally of 19, ahead of inspiring Carlton captain Patrick Cripps on 18. 

Dangerfield, who took 'Charlie' home in 2016, is within reach of Kelly on 16. 

After starting the season in red-hot touch, left knee and right ankle complaints proved problematic.

However, Dangerfield has exploded into peak form over the past fortnight. 

He was immense as the Cats tore Richmond apart last Friday night, racking up 38 disposals, eight inside 50s and a goal.

'Fully committed' Ross keen to stay the boss at Freo

The coaching rumour mill is set to go into overdrive over the coming months as pressure mounts on several coaches.

North Melbourne are already on the lookout for a new coach after parting ways with Brad Scott, while positions could open up at Carlton, St Kilda and Essendon by the end of the season depending on results.

Lyon is contracted to Fremantle at the end of 2020, and was clear in his position when asked about the prospect of switching clubs.

"That's really simple. I've never been happier here," said Lyon, who has coached Fremantle since 2012.