Longmire: Bring back the runners
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.