Patrick Dangerfield has fired back at claims the new travel demands to help get the AFL restarted will have an impact on the Cats star.
New plans reported clubs would face the prospect of travelling on match-day chartered flights in 2020, with the AFL determined to limit players from staying in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The tough new schedule is a departure from previous league rules, which required players to travel to interstate venues the day before games.
And former Cats and North Melbourne great Cameron Mooney, according to Fox Sports, claimed Dangerfield’s long drive from Moggs Creek to Melbourne Airport would become a ‘nightmare schedule’ for the veteran.
But Dangerfield swiftly shut down this theory with a savage response.
“Couldn’t give a F#€k about the travel. But thanks for the clickbait tag,” he wrote.
“Looking forward to the abuse that follows.”
Couldn’t give a F#€k about the travel. But thanks for the clickbait tag. Looking forward to the abuse the abuse that follows 👍🏻👍🏻— Patrick Dangerfield (@dangerfield35) May 18, 2020
Mooney predicted there would be injuries as a result of some stars’ commutes, using Dangerfield as an example.
“It would be a nightmare if (Geelong) flew out of Tullamarine," he told the Herald Sun.
“For some guys from Torquay or Patty from Moggs it's 90 minutes to two hours to the airport, then a flight, jump on a bus and then straight to the ground and play.
“I can see hamstrings pinging from that.
“I would be surprised if they didn't fly out of Avalon. It's a 5am start for Geelong players, so it's not ideal, but we are not in an ideal world.”
Tough new AFL schedule
It has already been tipped to provide home sides with a greater advantage than usual and could even prevent away teams taking players that may be more susceptible to injury.
“I think it's going to have an impact but I think there's going to be trade-offs and sacrifices and it's going to be one of those seasons,” Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale told Footy Classified.
“There's going to be compromises all through it and I think that's the price that we have to pay.”
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley echoed Gale's sentiments, saying clubs were willing to be more flexible on a range of issues this year in order to get the competition back up and running.
“You've got to do whatever you need to do to get the competition going,” Buckley said.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to get back to work, and that's pretty much what we're doing.”
Buckley was pleased to have his players back at training on Monday and said Collingwood would get back into match practice as soon as possible, with unrestricted training to recommence for all clubs on May 25.