Callum Mills floored after being hit by Tom Bugg.
Callum Mills floored after being hit by Tom Bugg.

Longmire wants more red card discussion

John Longmire believes there is a place in the AFL for a red card rule as the Swans coach backs the league's crackdown on all punches.

The AFL considered but then decided against a red card rule for 2019 following the Andrew Gaff punch that knocked out Andrew Brayshaw.

This season all punches will be penalised with a free kick, fine or suspension.

Sydney lost Callum Mills in the opening minutes of a 2017 clash against Melbourne when he was floored by Tom Bugg, with the Demons agitator allowed to play on.

Longmire told the Herald Sun the AFL should reconsider the red card rule given the consequence of losing a player for most of a game.

"I think the (punch crackdown) is a reasonable move form the AFL to something we don't need. I understand it went horribly wrong last year with one incident.

 

Callum Mills was knocked out by Tom Bugg in 2017.
Callum Mills was knocked out by Tom Bugg in 2017.

 

Andrew Gaff throws a punch at Andrew Brayshaw.
Andrew Gaff throws a punch at Andrew Brayshaw.

 

"I know Andrew (Gaff) pretty well and he just isn't like that, it wasn't intended but it's something to be aware of.

"I still think (a red card) needs to be discussed. At that particular time you lose a player and it's the week after your opposition gets a leg up and the advantage but in the course of the game you are disadvantaged.

"It could create other issues and unintended consequences but is there's a panel that could look at it during the course of the game.

"Of the really serious incidents, where do you draw the line? I don't think it should be dismissed."

Longmire is aware Zak Jones needs to be aware of his levels of aggressions after a two-match rough conduct suspension last year as well as separate fines for punching and rough conduct.

"He missed a bit of time last year and we have ongoing conversations educating him. We love what he brings but we don't want him to cross the line," he said.

 

Sydney coach John Longmire talks to his players.
Sydney coach John Longmire talks to his players.

 

Meanwhile, Ollie Wines has an unlikely advocate after his contentious water skiing injury this year.

Longmire grew up along the Murray River and still loves water skiing, saying he constantly told his players to find the balance in their extra-curricular pursuits.

"It is something you talk to your players about. Every player has to have a life. I grew up on the Murray River. I grew up water skiing and my family still goes although it takes a big boat to pull me out. We get out there, I love it,'' he said.

"When you are a player coming through you have make good decisions. A lot of our players surf and the SCG is ten minutes away from some of the great surf beaches in the country.

"So we want to embrace it, but a three-foot wave is a lot different to a 10-foot wave.

"Hopefully our guys make the decision to stay on the three-foot wave than the 10-foot waves a bit further out and deeper."

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