AFLPA wants contract freeze lifted if season compressed


The AFL Players Association wants the current contract freeze lifted to give uncontracted players more certainty about what lies beyond this season as they contemplate the practical implications, including the increased injury risk, of playing games off four-day breaks.

The freeze was introduced at the start of the season due to ongoing uncertainty about the size of future salary caps and the game’s finances, with a collective bargaining review scheduled this year.

AFLPA boss Paul Marsh.

AFLPA boss Paul Marsh.Credit:Drew Ryan

The issue is one part of the ongoing discussions between the league and the AFLPA as players from Victorian clubs grapple firstly with the prospect of being based in Queensland for up to 10 weeks to complete the final 100 games in the home-and-away season.

The Players Association met with their board, delegates and club leaders in two separate hook-ups on Wednesday to discuss the AFL’s proposal to extend their time away beyond the original 32-day agreement, which was struck before Melbourne went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 spike.