Jack Darling and Jed Anderson hesitant about Covid vaccine, considering legal options

West Coast’s Jack Darling and North Melbourne’s Jed Anderson have engaged the same lawyer to investigate potential WorkCover claims over their ‘pro choice’ jab stance.

There are fears for the mental health of two AFL players after it was revealed they are refusing to be vaccinated against Covid.

It’s understood West Coast Eagle Jack Darling and Kangaroo Jed Anderson are struggling with stress, feel unsupported and are concerned for their immediate futures.

Darling and Anderson have engaged the same lawyer who is investigating potential WorkCover claims for his clients.

Sources close to the pair are worried for the two AFL players.

It’s understood Darling hasn’t been jabbed, and is not the only Eagle refusing to be vaccinated.

Anderson’s situation is slightly different. The North Melbourne listed player is understood to have suffered a recent medical episode.

Sheahan Ink was told Anderson was seen shaking before and after a Covid vaccination, and may now have swelling of the heart.

Darling’s advisers have said he is training away from the club and has two young children at home.

“I think he’s under that much stress, he doesn’t know whether he is Arthur or Martha,” a source close to Darling said.

“He is trying to stay fit, but can’t train.

“And the club (WCE) still hasn’t replied.

“These guys have got genuine exemptions and reasons and are being forced to get a jab,” the sources said.

It’s believed the two players are being supported by players from other teams, former players as well as coaches, who communicate via a secret Facebook group.

Both Darling and Anderson are believed to be weighing up their playing futures with their respective teams.

The AFL Players Association is aware of the situation and has sought legal advice as to what they should do as the players’ union.

Source: Herald Sun

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