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West Coast star Andrew Gaff predicts clubs to impose stricter COVID protocols

West Coast star Andrew Gaff believes clubs might start implementing some of their own COVID-19 restrictions in order to avoid players being forced to isolate during the AFL finals.

A number of high-profile players including GWS star Toby Greene, Bulldogs gun Josh Dunkley and St Kilda ruckman Rowan Marshall have been forced into 14-day quarantine after attending COVID exposure sites.

Missing two games so late in the season has been a huge blow to their respective sides.

But the prospect of it occurring during the finals could convince clubs to impose their own rules on places players can and can’t visit.

“It will be interesting to see what happens in finals time if it (the outbreak) is still going – whether teams will lock down even if you don’t need to, just to avoid that risk,” Gaff said.

“We haven’t had an official chat from anyone as yet. But it should be pretty obvious to guys what they can and can’t do.

“Just be smart about the busy scenarios over here because in the end you could miss one or two weeks at an important part of the year.

“It’s a bit of a lesson and a reminder for the guys to perhaps avoid some of that.

“We still need to live our lives … but avoiding those super busy places is probably the way to go at the moment, otherwise you run the risk of not playing for a couple of weeks.”

Fremantle veteran David Mundy believes players will quickly adjust their movements in the wake of several stars being thrust into quarantine.

“I think guys are fully aware of it and adjusting their behaviour accordingly,” Mundy said.

“Especially the last couple of days with Josh Dunkley and the Swans and Giants guys, I think it’s more on our radar now more than ever about the potential pitfalls of going out to places, especially high density places like that rugby match or shopping centres and things like that.”

South Australia’s seven-day lockdown forced the AFL into yet another fixture switch on Tuesday.

Port Adelaide’s clash with Collingwood on Friday night and Adelaide’s match against Hawthorn on Saturday, have been moved from Adelaide Oval to Marvel Stadium.

It came on top of the AFL flipping three round-20 fixtures to round 19 after Victoria joined NSW in lockdown.

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