Top Dog says run­ners vi­tal

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - AFL -

WESTERN Bull­dogs’ pre­mier­ship coach Luke Bev­eridge has launched a spir­ited de­fence to keep the match-day run­ner.

Bev­eridge said it was cru­cial coaches had the means to de­liver mes­sages to players.

“I’m wor­ried about the mes­sag­ing com­ing out from the coach­ing fra­ter­nity and even the pos­si­bil­ity that the AFL is look­ing at it (ban),” he said.

The run­ner is­sue arose af­ter crit­i­cism of GWS run­ner Nick Maxwell last round, with sug­ges­tions Colling­wood’s 2010 pre­mier­ship cap­tain was de­lib­er­ately po­si­tion­ing him­self at op­po­si­tion kick­outs.

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