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Swans support charity state of origin game, but want a say


Sydney is fully behind a state of origin game featuring the best players in the AFL to raise money for bushfire victims.

The AFL is reportedly considering hosting the bout between Victoria and the All-Stars at the end of February at Marvel Stadium, in order to help out those in need.

Swans football boss Charlie Gardner added however that he feels the clubs should have final say on who is and isn’t allowed to play.

“As a footy club we fully support a proposal to put on a one-off state of origin game to raise much-needed funds for the bushfire relief,” Gardner told SEN Breakfast.

“It would be a great initiative and obviously this is a unique set of circumstances where we fully support it.

“At a more general level, would we support state of origin footy, look, personally I’m a big fan. I grew up watching it and loving it.

“The tension for clubs is the risk of injury to star players. Personally, I’m in favour of it. I think it’s a great spectacle for the game and a great advertisement for the competition.

“I think the balancing act is if it is at the start of the year, making sure the clubs have a say in player availability and their preparation and who is at a stage in their preparation where they can play and that would be the tension in the whole discussion.”

See’s projected teams for Victoria and the Dream Team here.

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