Player Watch #4 Dustin Martin

Vikingnz

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Really? Is the border with NZ completely closed? Yeah....not good.

From personal experience - it's ******* ridiculous.

NZ still has 7 day hotel quarantine for international travel, with most spaces booked out months in advance and very limited emergency capacity.

Once you're in there, you can apply for early release on compassionate grounds.

In both those instances (emergency quarantine + early release), if the person has already died the bureaucrat's attitude is literally 'why rush, they're already dead'

EDIT: quarantine period recently reduced from 14 to 7 days
 

DoItForCaptBlood

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From personal experience - it's ******* ridiculous.

NZ still has 7 day hotel quarantine for international travel, with most spaces booked out months in advance and very limited emergency capacity.

Once you're in there, you can apply for early release on compassionate grounds.

In both those instances (emergency quarantine + early release), if the person has already died the bureaucrat's attitude is literally 'why rush, they're already dead'

EDIT: quarantine period recently reduced from 14 to 7 days
My feeling is he will do everything he can to get there. And so he should.
 

Bojangles17

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It would not shock me if he walked away from the game but I have a feeling footy is all he has and loves to play for his dad and family and he has incredible team mates I just hope he doesn’t go off the rails I’m sure the club and team mates will rally around him to support
I’d be shocked , dusty has faced plenty of adversity throughout his career , no doubt this will impact dusty hard However footy will play its part and pulling his life together. Footballers don’t generally have much outside of the game , doing nothing is hardly gonna help . All the very best dusty
 

biaseddustyfan

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DoItForCaptBlood

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He could throw all his money and it won’t make a difference. It’ll be up to the NZ government and their treatment and conditions on entry to their country


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Not sure where the money reference comes from. My point was he would be doing everything he can legally, as you mentioned, to get over there, and perhaps may need extra time off preseason.
 

Lsta062

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Dusty :(

Very sad news about his father. Football isn’t that important in comparison so give Dusty as much time as he wants off to cope with this. He was very close to his father after all
 

Sterge

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Richmond would undoubtedly support Martin if he wanted to take an extended break from the game, but the star has not suggested he wants to step away and the club expects him to return with teammates for training on January 10 after the Christmas break.
 

Livonski

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Why is this here?
Tough time for all those close, like any bereavement, but why the mental health message?
Is someone making a massive assumption on cause?