Hawthorn’s young midfielder Finn Maginness has become the first AFL male player to test positive for Covid-19 in nearly 18 months. Maginness was one of two positive cases reported by the clubs on Wednesday, and Carlton confirmed that a fully vaccinated member of his AFLW program has coronavirus.
Maginness’ close contacts will now be isolated for seven days, but all those players and staff have already tested negative.
Hawthorn confirmed that all players are either fully vaccinated or scheduled to receive their second dose soon.
Maginness attended the club’s Waverley Park facility on Monday, but didn’t have any symptoms until he woke up Tuesday.
“I want to congratulate Finn on his diligence in getting screened at the first sign of symptoms, informing our club doctor, and protecting his teammates and our staff,” said Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves.
“As a club, we are taking every precaution to ensure that the health and well-being of our staff and the community at large is maintained. Appropriate wellness supports have been put in place to support Finn and those who are isolating themselves as a result of this case.
“Soccer clubs are no different from the rest of the community, and these types of situations will continue to occur as our community continues to open up. This highlights the importance of getting vaccinated and tested as soon as you have any symptoms. “
Maginness has played three games for the Hawks since he was chosen with the 29th pick in the 2019 draft. He is the son of Hawthorn’s first division player Scott Maginness.
The 20-year-old is the first known male player to test positive for Covid-19 since former Essendon defender Conor McKenna in June 2020.
Hawthorn football boss Rob McCartney called Maginness the “poster boy” of what to do when experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
“We felt it was very important to take the lead on this,” McCartney told SEN. “Although he is cautious in his approach, it is the right approach for our people. Not only for our people, but also for your family, friends, and the community in general.
“Finn was living his life exactly how we should have. It wasn’t like he was attending big events or anything like that … unfortunately somewhere he contracted this virus. “
Several AFLW teams have been affected this preseason, with the Western Bulldogs isolated due to a member of their program testing positive.
The Blues also have a confirmed case of Covid-19, after the affected person performed a rapid antigen test before AFLW training on Tuesday. They left the clubhouse immediately, without entering the facilities, and underwent a periodic test, which came back positive.
Only one person has been identified as a close contact and has since tested negative, but will still need to isolate himself for seven days.
It comes after it was revealed that a Carlton senior male player refuses to receive his Covid vaccinations before the club resumes training. The Blues and AFL had no comment, with Carlton’s AFL players officially beginning their preseason under new coach Michael Voss later this month.
The AFL launched its long-awaited Covid vaccination policy on October 21, and all AFL and AFLW players and club staff were in need of hits before starting their seasons.
Adelaide AFLW lead player Deni Varnhagen, who is a registered nurse outside of soccer, was moved last week to the inactive roster due to her anti-vaccination stance.
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