Former Ballarat boy Rowan Marshall says he's comfortable with the strict protocols in place for AFL players as the competition looks to restart amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
As part of the restrictions, players cannot have unnecessary visitors in their homes, visit friends at their houses or go to cafes - beyond getting takeaway food or coffee. They are also not allowed to play golf or go surfing.
Marshall, who was back at the club's Moorabbin facility on Monday for training, said he was just keen for a return to match play.
"I think most of the boys are in the same boat. Everyone just wants to get back and play footy so we are willing to do whatever the AFL sets in terms of rules to get back out there for round two," he told The Courier.
"If it's alright after two or three weeks, they might allow us to do a bit more, but the main thing is just our health and safety at the moment. And they've done a pretty good in looking after that."
Marshall has spent much of lockdown in his home town of Portland, but has recently returned to Melbourne as the AFL gears up for a June 11 resumption.
He underwent the first of the COVID-19 tests on Friday and said it was an odd experience.
"I hate needles and all that sort of stuff. It was up there just for a couple of seconds and it tickled for a little bit but then after that it's fine," he said.
Marshall, who played for Sebastopol and North Ballarat Roosters before being drafted to St Kilda, said it was great to get back to training.
"It's good to see everyone face to face now rather than just on Zoom calls every week," he said.
"It was good to catch up with coaches, staff and players for the first time in a couple of months for some of them."
A return to whole group, full-contact training will start next Monday.
After a great 2019 season, the 24-year-old Marshall has re-signed with the Saints until 2022.