Luke Ryan may not have been at the Club for Wednesday’s main training session but the gun defender insists he will be available for selection for Saturday night’s blockbuster Len Hall Tribute Game against Carlton.
Fremantle have been taking extra precautions this week after some cases have emerged within the WAFL competition, splitting the AFL and WAFL groups.
Freo already have five players ruled out of playing football this weekend as they enter the AFL’s Health and Safety Protocols. Heath Chapman and Hayden Young will come out of the team that defeated Essendon, Liam Henry and Connor Blakely will also be unavailable after playing for Peel at the weekend, as will the injured Matthew Johnson.
Ryan and Michael Frederick did not train with the main group as the Club took extra steps to mitigate any potential spread.
“The Club is just taking extra precautions, I’m all good and good to go. I’m just staying away from the group for a bit because Nathan Wilson was over at my house and he played WAFL,” Ryan told 6PR.
“We’ve all had RAT tests done and it’s just being extra cautious so it doesn’t spread through the group. I should be sweet.
“I trained yesterday very late in the arvo. We’ll do a PCR today just to be really on top of it.”
Ryan said he couldn’t wait to face Carlton in what should be an exciting affair against former teammate Adam Cerra’s new side.
Both teams sit in the top eight with four wins and will be looking to consolidate their strong starts to the season.
“The Len Hall Game is a really special game for me, we always get up and about and it’s against Carlton too, they’ve beaten us a couple times especially with the kick after the siren,” Ryan said.
“Now they’ve got Cerra which adds a bit more again. I look forward to seeing him out there. We’ve played against some ok sides but this will really test ourselves against a top-end team in the competition.”
Ryan said the pre-game Len Hall tribute gave him ‘goosebumps’ and drove him to play harder.
“I get goosebumps. You realise you’re just going out to play footy’, if you get hit it’s not that bad considering what the Anzacs have done for us,” Ryan said.
“I think the game lifts a whole lot more this round just because it’s in the back of your minds what they’ve done it for us. To play Saturday night is going to be really special.”