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Fremantle Dockers players train in groups for first time since eight-week forced lay-off due to coronavirus

Fremantle Dockers players train in groups for first time since eight-week forced lay-off due to coronavirus

Footy fans, rejoice!

It’s not live action just yet, but the Fremantle players have arrived at their first training session this morning in a huge step forward for the AFL.

Seven was the magic number as the Dockers made their long-awaited return to the training track after an enforced eight-week break.

Several of the club’s biggest stars were among the first group out on the track including dual Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe, former captain David Mundy and All-Australian Michael Walters.

The time off looked to have done injured pair Mundy (leg) and recruit Blake Acres (hamstring) the world of good.

Under the watchful eye of assistant coach Josh Carr and fitness guru Jason Weber, the group sprinted at about 80 to 85 per cent before getting into some light kicking drills.

Picture: David Mundy (L) and Michael Walters on the training track this morning.

Some of the players arrived as early as 7am, two hours before training started.

They were told by coach Justin Longmuir on a video call on Sunday to have fun, and that’s exactly what they were doing, smiling, laughing and enjoying being around their teammates once again in a significant step towards the June 11 resumption of the coronavirus-hit season.

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Players can begin training in groups of eight today, before a return to whole group, full-contact training from Monday May 25.

Players and officials have already undergone the first of what will soon be twice-weekly coronavirus tests, and they will also face daily health checks.

Once today’s training wraps up, we’ll have your full rundown of training notes to keep you in the loop ahead of round two - including who starred, who didn’t join in, and how everyone looked.

Enjoy the picture gallery so far!

Brett Bewley and Nathan Fyfe arrive at the club to resume training during a Fremantle Dockers AFL training session.