Summer isÂ the off season for the AFL. Many players are taking advantage of the long summer break to get married. Â Gary Ablett Jnr and Patrick Dangerfield both wed on 1 January 2016, celebratingÂ New Years DayÂ nuptials. Liam Picken wed on New Years Eve, 2015. WhenÂ the AFL SeasonÂ ends players often enjoy an extended overseas holiday, or take the opportunity to play in the Â International Rules Series in Ireland.
It is a time of retirements, re-signings and trades, rejuvenated training schedules, and team development. AFL Footy players usually enjoy some private time away from Â public Â scrutiny and media exposure.
Fans may turn their attention to cricket . Football Jumpers, jerseys, guernseys are rarely retired though. The sleeveless version can and will be worn throughout summer. New sponsors are signed but the team colours don’t change, except in the recent case of EssendonÂ Bombers who dropped the grey from theirÂ clash football guernsey, jersey, jumper.