Demons AFL coach Goodwin out of quarantine

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has recovered from a bout of food poisoning and is back with the rest of the club as the Demons ramp up their preparation for the AFL grand final.

© Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS Coach Simon Goodwin has recovered from a bout of food poisoning and is back among the Demons.

Goodwin and assistant coach Adem Yze fell ill on Friday and were forced into quarantine as a precaution.

But Goodwin emerged on Saturday to front a video press conference and will coach the Demons in a match simulation session in Perth.

Melbourne have been free to roam in the Perth community since their two-week quarantine period finished last weekend.

Goodwin believes he ate something outside of the club’s base at Joondalup, causing him to become unwell.

“A bit of a dodgy linguine,” Goodwin said of the cause of his illness.

“A bit of food poisoning so I’ve just got to watch where I eat. 


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“I’m feeling 100 per cent now and ready to go. 

“Thankfully it’s not something that’s going to pass through the players and the club – it’s self-inflicted.”

Goodwin will lead the Demons in their most high-intensity training session before the September 25 grand final against the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium.

“We’ll do some match simulation type drills and some high-intensity contest work and that’s how we know we best prepare for the game,” Goodwin said.

Melbourne are weighing up a number of options for the decider as they attempt to break their 57-year premiership drought.

Defender Joel Smith appeared in the qualifying final win against the Brisbane Lions but a tight hamstring ruled him out of the preliminary-final smashing of Geelong.

Veteran Michael Hibberd took Smith’s spot and the Demons face some tough selection dilemmas.

“We’ve got a lot of training to get through yet before we have to make those decisions,” Goodwin said.

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