AFL 2024: Garry Lyon questions why tagging has taken so long to come back, forward tag, examples, Alex Neal-Bullen on Nick Daicos, Tom Stewart, reaction, response, latest news

The AFL tagger is back. And one AFL legend is bemused as to why it’s taken so long.


The AFL tagger is back. And one AFL legend is bemused as to why it’s taken so long. The likes of Carlton’s Alex Cincotta, Sydney’s James Jordon and St Kilda’s Marcus Windhager have been used in negating roles in recent weeks to great effect, having taken some huge scalps of opposition stars.

It was arguably most effective over the long weekend that was Round 13. Watch every game of every round this Toyota AFL Premiership Season LIVE with no ad-breaks during play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial today > Starting with Brisbane’s stirring win over the Western Bulldogs on Friday night, Jarrod Berry closely followed Marcus Bontempelli, who combated it by moving forward and kicking three goals.

Windhager shut down Touk Miller (14 disposals) in St Kilda’s victory over Gold Coast, while Cincotta nullified Zach Merrett’s influence (21 touches) as Carlton downed Essendon. Mediocre drafting exposes 'boys club' | 02:35 And despite Collingwood defeating Melbourne in Monday’s King’s Birthday clash, Alex Neal-Bullen held Nick Daicos to just 15 disposals before the Magpies superstar was subbed out of the game in the fourth quarter with a corked shin. Speaking on Fox Footy’s On the Couch, Demons legend Garry Lyon, who’s long endorsed the use of a tagger, questioned why coaches have only recently reintroduced tagging given it’s success.

“My question from the weekend ...

why has it taken so long to tag?,” Lyon posed. “It’s back and it was back over the.