Wangaratta coach Luke Morgan feels mixed messaging from AFL Victoria this week forced the hand of leagues to prematurely pull the pin on their seasons.
In the wake of a spike in coronavirus cases in metropolitan areas of the state, AFL Victoria announced on Monday the return to contact training (July 13) and competition (July 20) dates had been removed and would be reassessed in July.
However, the body reinstated its return to play protocols on Thursday, just after many leagues across the state had decided not to proceed.
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"I thought it was a bit bizarre in terms of timing because it's forced the hand of a few leagues last (Wednesday) night," Morgan said.
"I just didn't think that was fair. I think they've all pulled the pin because the announcements from AFL Victoria said we weren't looking like any chance and then it goes back the other way."
Morgan would have liked the decision to be delayed, but knew the longer it went the less likely a return was.