In the second of a series, Saqib Mahmood tells BBC Sport about the highs and lows of the rehabilitation stage of his comeback from injury.
On today’s episode, the boys were nursing hangovers after a great Grand Final Weekend, Campbell talks about meeting Robbie Williams & Browny has a wild story about his 20-year Premiership reunion!
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The league continues to consult with representatives for those who have levelled the startling claims, the AFL Players’ Association and the AFLCA as to the four people - which will include two men and two women who will oversee the external investigation.The AFLCA - which represents all coaches in the game, including those at the centre of the reported claims Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan - wants people with understanding of football environments to be considered on the panel. “Football clubs are unique environments. They become a second home for players and coaches are often required to be much more than just football mentors,” AFLCA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said on Monday. “Coaches are regularly called on to provide advice and support on non-football related issues, particularly with younger players who have left home to join an AFL club.“It would significantly enhance the investigation if someone who intimately understands that environment and has deep experience in managing the wellbeing of players was included on the panel.”Both North Melbourne and Brisbane have firmly backed their respective senior coaches over the last 48 hours. The AFLCA said it supported the league’s call, announced last Wednesday, to initiate an external investigation into “the confronting allegations raised”. The AFLPA said last week that the investigation should be “well-resourced and wide-ranging in scope”. Nicholson said both coaches - who have strongly denied the allegations that have been made - had the backing of the association. “Our thoughts are with the players and their families who have shared their stories, as well as other First Nations people who have been directly or indirectly affected by the publicity around this situation,” he said. “We also note that both Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan have strongly denied the allegations made. The investigation will allow both coaches to share their version of events and until that investigation is complete and due process has been followed they should be afforded natural justice.“The AFLCA is continuing to offer both coaches our support with a focus on their personal wellbeing.”The AFL had hoped to announce the panel last Friday but the process has been delayed because of the consultation negotiations.
Sam Moorfoot, the Cats’ water carrier and Joel Selwood’s number-one fan, made an appearance dressed as key forward Jeremy Cameron.Donning a farmer’s hat, a tool belt loaded with barbecue sauce and wearing a Cameron jersey and replica medallion, Moorfoot briefly posed for the cameras at the Wharf Shed before heading into the venue.Moorfoot is a well-known figure around Geelong and football circles, but gained international stardom when the video of Selwood lifting him over the fence to celebrate the premiership win was shared on ESPN’s Instagram account.Cameron himself was dressed as a chicken, paying homage to his freshly-laid grand final day breakfast and handing out excess eggs on his way into the venue. The most “emotional moment” of the AFL Grand Final was after the match when Geelong’s water boy, Sam Moorfoot, was gifted a medal by one of the team’s star players, says Sky News host Chris Smith. Mr Moorfoot, who has Down syndrome, was helped over the barrier by Geelong Captain Joel Selwood. “He was helped over the barrier and onto the MCG where Jeremy Cameron put his own medal around Sam's neck, in a scene that brought the house down,” Mr Smith said. “Beautiful stuff, how good was that.”“I thought about bringing the cow in, but I thought a few people might’ve been a bit unhappy with that and I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with it afterwards,” he said.“So I’ve come as my chicken … I dressed up like this and taught them how to lay (eggs).“They didn’t lay for six months and now they’re on fire.”But the entrance of the day was awarded to some of Geelong’s veterans, who appropriately dressed as retirees and arrived in a Ryman’s retirement village van.Players including Pat Dangerfield, captain Joel Selwood, Norm Smith Medalist Isaac Smith, and defender Zach Tuohy donned the slacks, spray painted their hair grey, and used walking frames for their Mad Monday costumes.The Cats have received constant criticism in the past few years for being a ‘retirement home’ for veteran footballers who want to chase a premiership, but Dangerfield said the costumes were a message to the AFL community.“Too old, too slow, but too good.”“Joel said on Wednesday that ‘I’ve organised a party bus for Mad Monday, so it was great to see the captain’s head was well and truly in the game,” Dangerfield said.“If you rock up on a Monday morning after a game that’s generally how most of us move.”Defenders Jack Henry and Tom Stewart are dressed to take over control of the music for the day, dressing as duo Daft Punk, while Tyson Stengle donned a Los Angeles Lakers Ervin ‘Magic’ Johnson jersey.