Union tackles tough Lyon
Union tackles tough Lyon

The AFL Players' Association has complained to the league about the demands being placed on Fremantle players during the off-season after coach Ross Lyon warned them they would be monitored every day of their annual leave.

Lyon made it clear to the players and fans when speaking at the club's best-and-fairest count that he expected everyone to continue training strongly during holidays.

He used Carlton captain Chris Judd and Hawks star Lance Frank- lin as examples of players who would be working hard to improve, demanding his players do likewise.

Lyon also revealed how closely the players were being watched during time away from the club.

"The players have been sent away with strong programs, they're monitored daily, and all that information comes back to head office, so big brother's watching," he said.

AFLPA chief executive Matt Finnis took umbrage that the players weren't being given legitimate down time despite a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) giving them eight weeks off a year. He said he had no problem with coaches demanding improvement but monitoring players every day during their holidays crossed the line.

"We've spoken to the AFL about it. They're looking into it," Finnis told _The Weekend West. _

"Clubs seek to regulate players on their leave periods and that's something we're watching very closely and we're talking with the AFL about that in relation to some specific instances.

"What we've got to ensure is the players' annual leave period is an annual leave period. Sure, players as high-performance athletes will do some training in that period.

"But we've got to make sure that it's annual leave and not working from home. That's an important principle which goes to the integrity of the CBA."

Lyon put pressure on players to improve their fitness during the 2012 pre-season and several big names lost weight. The Dockers rose from 11th to seventh during the season and beat Geelong in an elimination final before bowing out of the finals to Adelaide.

Fremantle have signed Port Adelaide free agent Danyle Pearce to bolster their midfield but haven't yet recruited a key forward.

Victorian Dylan Roberton has asked to return home and the Dockers are trying to find him a club.

West Coast midfielder Koby Stevens has nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club.

The Eagles have already recruited former Magpie Sharrod Wellingham and are trying to negotiate a trade with St Kilda for Jamie Cripps. They received pick 62 in the national draft as compensation for Quinten Lynch becoming a Pie.

The West Australian

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