Tiger stars diagnosed with COVID-19

Richmond premiership pair Dion Prestia and Noah Balta are in isolation after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The pair tested positive and all their close contacts have been identified and tested as per protocols.

Dion Prestia is one of two Tigers who has COVID-19.Credit:Getty Images

The Tigers’ first-to-fourth year players are due back to pre-season training on Monday with Richmond confirming they will be able to begin as expected without disruption.

Richmond have already experienced disruption to their AFLW program when a member of the program tested positive, with Carlton and the Western Bulldogs AFLW programs also disrupted this season.

Young Hawk Finn Maginness was diagnosed with COVID-19 as was Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell, with one senior football person saying this week a COVID-19 diagnosis will be more common than a hamstring in 2022.

The AFL is developing a policy to minimise the disruptions caused by COVID-19 cases and to protect against teams being shut down or losing multiple players during the season, with modification of training processes being considered.

All players and football department staff need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to play in the AFL and AFLW next year.

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