Why Buckley has “overwhelming anxiety” over contact with Collingwood players

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admits he’s growing increasingly anxious over the amount of time he communicates with players during the league shutdown.

With all teams operating on skeleton staff and no face-to-face contact allowed due to coronavirus, clubs are having to find alternative methods to keep connected.

Buckley said having to call multiple people daily was making him anxious as he tries to keep in the loop with his playing group.

“We don’t know how much contact (with the playing group) is too much or too little,” Buckley told reporters on Thursday.

“I am averaging 15 phone calls a day at the moment with players and staff. Driving home a couple of days ago at 5.30pm or 6pm I had an overwhelming anxiety around there being 10 or 12 people I needed to talk to and check in on how they were going.

“You take away the normal structure. Normally we would know we had a meeting the next day and whether it’s a top on the arse or pat on the back or nod or wink, that’s connecting with people in the same space.

“The reality is different for us at the moment and we take the responsibility to stay home and isolate as seriously as anything we have ever done before.”

Collingwood beat the Western Bulldogs by 52 points in their round one clash before the league was shut down until at least May 31 due to the current health crisis.

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