Long­mire: Bring back the run­ners

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - LEAGUE -

SYD­NEY coach John Long­mire is hope­ful the AFL will re­visit its crack­down on run­ners fol­low­ing Lance Franklin’s ham­string injury, with Hawthorn coun­ter­part Alas­tair Clarkson also calling for change.

Franklin’s injury in game No.299 over­shad­owed the Swans’ 19-point win over the Hawks on Fri­day night.

It also prompted Long­mire to reignite the run­ner de­bate. Franklin suf­fered his injury soon af­ter an ex­tended stint on the bench, dur­ing which the Swans un­suc­cess­fully tried to bring their four-time Coleman medal­list onto the ground.

The AFL changed its rules for 2019 and run­ners are now only al­lowed to come on af­ter a goal has been kicked.

“I don’t know whether that con­trib­uted or not (to Franklin’s injury). No one will ever know,” Long­mire said. “I’d like to think they (AFL) would (re­view the rule change) but I don’t know whether they will.”

Clarkson is far more upbeat than his for­mer team­mate.

“I’m sure the AFL will look at it,” the Hawthorn coach said.

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