Star West Coast striker Jack Darling has been forced to train away from the club and his teammates after failing to adhere to AFL COVID-19 protocols.
AFL policy states that all players and staff at the two Western Australian clubs, West Coast and Fremantle, must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by January 21 to be allowed to continue traveling to the seat.
The Eagles revealed in a statement this morning that Darling has failed to fulfill his obligations and will be training away from the club and his teammates as he “assesses his future”.
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“The club will continue to support Jack as he considers his options and is optimistic that he will return to continue his outstanding career to date,” the club statement read.
“While the club respects the right to personal choice, they also support the protocols put in place by the AFL and governments – federal and state – as they navigate their way through this persistent and difficult pandemic.”
When Carlton defender Liam Jones announced his retirement from the AFL in November, many believed he had quit because of his anti-vaccination stance and the ‘no kick, no play’ policy of the league.
Darling has scored 450 goals in 236 AFL games since making his debut in the first round of the 2011 season.
The key guns striker was a member of the 2018 AFL Grand Final West Coast triumph over Collingwood, is an All-Australian and topped the Eagles goalscoring charts four times.
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