In a letter sent to all clubs the AFL confirmed that no AFL-listed player will be permitted to participate in a second-tier competition in 2020.

The decision has been made to ensure compliance with strict AFL quarantine measures and health and safety protocols can be adhered to.

As the AFL prepares to announce its Return to Play plan this week, the league has implemented a number of strict protocols to ensure the competition can resume safely following the current suspension of play.

As a result of this announcement, no Hawthorn listed players will be allowed to play for Box Hill Hawks in 2020.

Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said Hawthorn and Box Hill Hawks had enjoyed a successful alignment for nearly 20 years.

“The relationship between Hawthorn and Box Hill remains strong as we face one of the most difficult periods in our collective history,” said Reeves.

“We respect the decisions made by the AFL to ensure we can Return to Play safely and with the best interests of players, staff and the wider community as the key priority.

“This announcement will affect players at our club, we are committed to working closely with the AFL to provide opportunities and support for these players.

“There remain many hurdles for both clubs to navigate as we respond to the coronavirus situation. We very much look forward to the time when we can reinstate the alignment across all its elements, whenever that may be.