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Covid concern for Centrals

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GDFL club Werribee Centrals has become caught up in Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak.

The Centurions have confirmed to krockfootball.com.au a senior player has tested positive for the virus.

The player trained on Tuesday night while asymptomatic, with the club urging anyone who attended the club that evening to get tested.

As of Saturday 5pm, Galvin Park was yet to be listed as an exposure site by the Department of Health.

“One of our senior players has tested positive after interacting with someone outside of the club who was positive,” co-coach Nick Smith said.

“The player only developed symptoms on Wednesday after being made aware he had been a close contact with a positive case.

“He isolated and was tested on Thursday and found to be positive on Friday.

“Because he was present at training on Tuesday, we’ve instructed players and officials who were in attendance to get tested as we await further direction from DHS as to what other steps we need to take as a club.

Smith said the decision by the State Government for Victoria to re-enter lockdown on Thursday night might be a silver lining.

“We had already decided to cancel football and netball training after the latest lockdown was announced on Thursday afternoon before we were aware of the player’s positive test,” he said.

“It’s turned out to be extremely fortunate because it would have resulted in the potential for greater exposure.

“Our thoughts are with the player and his extended family during this time, and we’ll do everything we can to support our players and officials through this anxious and difficult period.”

What impact the case at Centrals has on the GDFL season is likely to become clearer when a return to community sport is confirmed following the current lockdown.

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