AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has revealed he was startled when he learned Geelong's star forward Tom Hawkins had an ailment on Tuesday but was relieved to find out it was nothing major.
Hawkins missed Geelong training on Tuesday with a sore throat but McLachlan confirmed on SEN that the Coleman Medallist had tested negative to the coronavirus, clearing him for Saturday night's grand final where Hawkins' Cats will take on Richmond.
“I clicked on a website and saw it was online in about half a second, I was like ‘Jesus,’" McLachlan said on Wednesday.
“[My staff] were calming me down, saying he just had a sore throat, was sure it was from the kids, and he’d been tested."
McLachlan disclosed Hawkins' test result, but wasn't sure if he was supposed to do so.
“100 per cent [Hawkins has tested negative for COVID-19]. That was last night," the CEO said.
“You didn’t know that?
“I don’t know if I should have told that … things get out, but people having runny noses every day … you get used to it, that’s life.”
After a tumultuous season, McLachlan said he had always believed the AFL would make it to the grand final.
“I know a lot of people didn’t think we’d get here.
“I always thought we would."
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