DAVID Cloke said his son Travis will adjust to a new glove but has joined Richmond great Matthew Richardson in questioning why the AFL has banned six types of gloves.
Travis Cloke, Collingwood's premier marking forward, has worn a Nike glove for several seasons but the sporting giant has had all three of its glove types rejected because they were deemed to provide an unfair advantage in a study conducted by RMIT.
As revealed by Fairfax Media, the banned gloves are Under Armour Blur II, Ironclad Box Handler Safety, Nike Vaporjet 2.0 Football Receiver, Nike Magnigrip Elite Remix 2.0, Nike Superbad and Gilbert Rugby.
David Cloke, the Richmond and Collingwood great, said he had consulted Nike but was unsure if the company had another glove that would pass the new AFL regulations. Clubs were informed of the new rules this week.
''We will have to look at the other ones and see what they are like,'' David Cloke said. ''It won't worry him [Travis]. It's not the be all and end all.
''He enjoys wearing a glove. It's probably more a mental thing than anything else but it has worked. He feels comfortable wearing it.''
Nike does not sell gloves in Australia. Cloke's glove was imported from the US.
The study found that six gloves had more silicon or stickiness on the palm, providing an unfair advantage, particularly in dry conditions.
''All of a sudden they [AFL] have come up and said this [is] unfair, do they start to now look at player leggings, are they fair? Now they are talking about making jumpers out of different material. Is that fair? Where do they stop?'' Cloke said. ''Is it a question the AFL are not making a dollar out of it? Are they going to make a dollar out of the other ones? Anyone who plays local footy, can't they wear these gloves, too?''
Fellow Collingwood forward Quinten Lynch and Melbourne's Chris Dawes were among 10 players who regularly wore a glove last season. Lynch said he will need to look for a new glove.
The four approved brands are the Franklin Football, Gilbert Pro Netball, Grays Skinfit Hockey and Rawlings Adult Dynamics Fit 355 Series.
Richardson wore a glove in his final years. ''Why was study needed to tell @AFL that gloves provide more grip?" Richardson said on Twitter. ''Of course they do. Why wear them otherwise. Definitely help with marking.''