Doesn't sound overly great though... Clearly being managed. Probably sensible in reality.
So, he can't play a game of VFL to get fitter too?
That said have to trust Crowey, if a mid season mini preseason is required for the kid over playing / training so be it.
Would be a fair slap in the face for him though.
Yeah not great for his morale. But he would be the closest monitored/managed player on the list with good reason. Sell it to him and keep building him up. The more continuity in his training the quicker his fitness will improve. Worse case is for him to miss through injury so the slightest hint of it and he should rightly be pulled out and put into a modified program.
I reckon he's got a niggle. No reason to keep him out otherwise and if so it's very good management.
I completely trust the fitness team and the coaches on everything they are doing with Francis.
I highly doubt any of what is happening would be a surprise to Aaron.
He will be fine. All part of his program
Yes, surely he must be injured. We've just heard every excuse from the Club over the past 4 weeks how game time is the thing that gets you 'fit' for footy, not doing fitness work.
A player's fitness base is built up more quickly by following the preseason routine than from playing matches. Obviously there needs to be a balance so he doesn't forget how to play.