AFL players’ union reach out to James Hird

The AFL players’ union have reached out to former Essendon coach James Hird amid growing criticism of his treatment prior to his health crisis.

Hird is understood to be recovering at an undisclosed health facility after being rushed to hospital on Wednesday night for a suspected drug overdose.

AFLPA chief Paul Marsh on Monday declined to comment on whether the league should have done more for Hird but said the union had offered their support to the father of four.

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