Melbourne defender Jake Lever expects many AFL players to be in a similar position to that of the wider community as the COVID-19 situation sets to hit everyone financially.
Players will be expected to take a huge pay cut to keep the game afloat, with the AFL asking for 79 per cent salary slashes, which could see some players earning as little as $10,000 in the next seven months.
“It is really hard. It’s not just the everyday Australians it’s some of my close mates who are doing the exact same thing as these guys and lining up in Centrelink,” he told SEN Breakast.
“For us, it’s really important for us to put out there that footballers are going to be the exact same.
“I’m not sure if it was for real, but a Richmond Tiger, a person I played football with, he was out working this morning trying to earn money as a sign man on road construction.
“I think it is really important to understand that AFL players are going through the same things.
“There’s going to be people in the AFL word, especially players, who are going to have to put up their houses for sale because of this situation and we are just like everyone else.
“You said that we’re in a bit of a bubble, but we are going to be the exact same as most Australians losing their jobs and hopefully not but losing houses and things like that.
“So it is very difficult to comprehend at the minute and it’s not something that’s been seen in the last 100 years so it’s really hard to work through.”
Listen to Jake Lever on SEN Breakfast below