Jailed Richmond Tiger Sydney Stack makes bid for bail
Richmond's Sydney Stack will try to win freedom from prison later this week after spending the Christmas and new year period behind bars.
Stack, 20, was arrested in Perth on December 19 for allegedly breaching Western Australia's coronavirus quarantine laws.
Sydney Stack will have the chance to win bail on Friday. Credit:Matt Roberts
He was denied bail the following day, and on Wednesday his lawyer successfully sought to adjourn the matter to January 20.
It was also decided on Wednesday that Stack would face a bail application hearing this Friday, a spokesman for the Perth Magistrates' Court confirmed. If this is not granted, Stack will remain in jail for at least another 12 days.
Stack was granted entry into WA on compassionate grounds on December 10 and was told he had to self-quarantine for 14-days.
He was allegedly found by police at a party in the early hours of the morning, and police also allege he was staying at a location that was not his nominated quarantine residence.
His agent Paul Peos said that the Tigers had been supportive of Stack despite the player himself acknowledging that his career hung in the balance.
"Can't say much at this point, but I can say Richmond have been providing considerable behind the scenes support for Syd's welfare," Peos said at the time of Stack’s arrest.
Peos had previously said Stack was "very distressed".
Stack was involved in an AFL coronavirus rule breach in September last year when he and Callum Coleman-Jones were sent home from Queensland, suspended for 10 matches and fined for their involvement in a fight outside a Gold Coast night club.
Former St Kilda assistant coach Jason Mifsud, who like Stack is Indigenous, questioned the decision to put Stack behind bars at the time.
"Challenge the behaviour, support the person. Not sure incarcerating a vulnerable young person is the only solution in a case such as this. Seems unimaginative and unnecessarily punitive," Mifsud wrote on Twitter.
Stack has played 26 games for Richmond across two seasons.
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