ESSENDON small forward Josh Green has become the fifth player ever to be found guilty of staging after he accepted a $1,000 fine for an incident late in the Bombers’ JLT Community Series clash against Geelong in Colac last Sunday.

Cats midfielder Mitch Duncan gave Green a light bump to the shoulder region in the closing stages of the match, before the former Lion threw his head back and fell to the ground while holding his chin.

The AFL introduced staging as an offence ahead of the 2010 season. Former Essendon speedster Leroy Jetta was the first to be found guilty of the act in 2012.

Then-Melbourne defender Lynden Dunn and ex-Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley were also successfully charged with staging that year, while North Melbourne veteran Jarrad Waite was the last to be charged for staging, when he was at Carlton in 2014.

Meanwhile, Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch, Collingwood ruckman and Hawthorn utility Jarman Impey all accepted fines for their indiscretions over the weekend.

GOLD Coast co-captain Tom Lynch will lead his team out to battle in the club’s season-opener against North Melbourne at Cazaly’s Stadium after copping just a fine for his bump on Brisbane hard nut Mitch Robinson.

Lynch clipped Robinson during the third term of last Saturday’s match at Southport as the football was in dispute.

The superstar forward was charged with engaging in rough conduct, with the incident assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

Lynch is $2,000 lighter in the hip pocket as a result of the incident.

Grundy will have to dish out $2,000 after accepting his sanction for engaging in rough conduct against Western Bulldogs sharpshooter Tory Dickson for a bump in the second quarter of last Saturday’s contest in Moe that was graded as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

Dickson reported a sore jaw, but played out the match.

Impey will fork out $1,500 for head-butting Carlton defender Jed Lamb in the third term of last Saturday’s match in Launceston.

Impey’s action was classified as misconduct, which draws $2,500 for a first offence, but can be reduced with an early guilty plea.[instagram-feed]

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