Jayden Hunt wants to wear a red, white and blue headband.
Jayden Hunt wants to wear a red, white and blue headband.

Colourful headband given the boot by AFL

MELBOURNE young gun Jayden Hunt is fighting a hair-raising battle with the AFL, which has stopped him from wearing a colourful headband.

The 22-year-old Demon sported a blue, red and white headband at training last week and was expected to wear it in the must-win clash against the Tigers.

But the AFL establishment refused to allow Hunt the freedom of expression, saying all head bands had to be a single colour.

Hunt hit out at the decision, saying he wanted to "bring a bit of flair back to the game like it used to have".

He said Terry Wallace, who wore a red, blue and white headband when he played for Footscray in the late 1980s, was his "inspiration".

"I got in contact with a machinist who makes these kind of things. All they had to do was find a bit of red and blue material and put elastic through it," he said.

Hunt said he hoped the AFL would one day change its current headband rules to "make the game more interesting".

He also had his own practical reasons having quite a mop of hair.

"The thicker band also holds my hair in place a lot better than the thin ones," Hunt said.

AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said players were only able to wear headbands that were one colour, dark and unobtrusive during matches.

News Corp Australia


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