AFL Players Affiliation president Patrick Dangerfield suggests endurance might repay for AFLW players amid rising frustration across the pace of negotiations over a brand new collective bargaining settlement.
The ladies’s competitors will develop to 18 groups for its seventh version, which is slated to start within the final week of August main into the lads’s finals collection.
Pre-season is because of begin in June however there’s still no CBA in place, with the size of the deal and size of the season believed to be key sticking factors.
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“I’d prefer to get the right deal than rush a deal through that the players aren’t happy with or something that isn’t fair,” Dangerfield stated on Friday.
“I don’t think what we’re asking for is unreasonable but it’s got to be reflective of the input our female players have in the game, the work that they put in.
“As a lot as all of us need certainty round that, it is bought to be the appropriate deal.”
Most AFLW players say they eventually want a full-length home-and-away season but the league has so far been reluctant to commit to more than 10 rounds plus finals.
Dangerfield said the length of the season and remuneration for players are key focuses for the AFLPA in negotiations.
“Funds are a extremely essential a part of this,” Dangerfield stated.
“You have to be rewarded for the time that you just put in and if we count on the sport to enhance then you have to put money into that a part of it.
“There’s detail around that that’s being worked through and then there’s clearly the length of season.
“I am not going to enter specifics of what is extra essential however my private view is rewarding the players for the time that they put in with the overwhelming majority of players having exterior jobs as properly and getting the stability proper.”
As yet, there has been no official confirmation around dates for AFLW player signing periods, the draft or the season schedule.
But AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday said clubs were last week given indicative dates to work with.
“The season shall be beginning in that final weekend of August coming into the lads’s (finals),” McLachlan advised 3AW radio.
“I do know that the golf equipment and our feminine players, as we go to 18 groups this season, wish to know precise specifics.
“We’ve just got to get this deal done with the Players Association … but we’ll get there.”