SYDNEY star Isaac Heeney has responded to claims he was putting himself at risk by wakeboarding during the AFL shutdown.

Heeney last week posted vision of himself on the water on his family's farm near Newcastle.  

It left Port Adelaide 300-game midfielder Kane Cornes to question his actions.

"I realise they're young men with an appetite for risk but on the back of Ollie Wines (shoulder) ruining his season last year and on the back of Charlie Curnow blowing out his knee playing basketball and ruining 2020, I just think it's stupid," Cornes told Channel Nine.

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"I just don't think it's a good look when you should be doing everything you can to look after your footy club."

Heeney said he felt his previous experiences meant he wasn't at risk.

"I've obviously got to look at the risk versus the reward," he told Channel Nine.

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"I guess it's something where I've got enough experience and I know when I'm putting myself in danger and at that point in time, I didn't feel like I was.

"I was having some fun and if I at all didn't feel like I was in control of the situation, I obviously wouldn't do it.

"For me, coming back here and the (best thing) for my mental health is to have a bit of fun with my family and that's what that included."

Swans coach John Longmire backed Heeney's decision when speaking on Monday morning.


"Isaac grew up on that farm, I just think we've got to hold back a little bit at this time with the really strong opinions," Longmire told SEN.

"These are unprecedented times. Isaac I'm pretty confident knows where the line is.

"He grew up on the farm, since he's been able to walk, he's been an outdoors, adventurous type.

"You've just got to be mindful through these times, the really strong opinions on what people are and aren't doing and how they're coping, we've just got to take a step back from that.

Longmire added that he'd be open to having clubs placed is quarantine hubs – as raised by AFLNT – if it meant getting football to return in 2020.