PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2: Rodney Eade, coach of the Suns addresses the team at quarter time during the 2016 AFL Round 02 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Gold Coast Suns at Domain Stadium, Perth on April 2, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Suns’ coach Rodney Eade says players need to be rested every six weeks due to the reduced number of rotations per game.

Eade said that he expects players to experience more injuries than previous years due to the increased fatigue of competing with just 90 rotations per game.

“Rather than try and rest them and manage them too much through games, which we will some players, some players will need rest, as in whole games,” Eade said on SEN Radio’s Breakfast with Frank and Ox on Monday morning.

“So every six weeks a player might need to have a spell.

“I know that’s going to take a lot of courage but we’re going to have to try and be predictive. You don’t want players to get soft tissue injuries.

“That’ll be the juggling act.

“I can see there’ll be more injuries this year and it’s how teams manage that and maybe get ahead of the curve.

“When that cumulative effect of fatigue kicks in, then how teams handle that, whether players get rested … or we as coaches decide to take some time off the clock and slow the game down, it’ll be interesting to see which way it goes.”

Eade also said 2013 NAB Rising Star winner Jaeger O’Meara could return via the NEAFL in around five weeks.


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