AFL Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh has confirmed he’s reached out to coaching great Leigh Matthews after he said last week he’d “lost respect” for the players during pay negotiations.
The AFL and AFLPA were locked in negotiations all weeks about a pay deal which will come into effect during the league shutdown.
After the deal was finalised on Friday, the players will take a 50 per cent pay cut in the next two months before a sliding scale is applied to any further cuts depending on how many matches are played.
But after the feud between Matthews – who the AFLPA’s MVP trophy is named after – and the players union, Marsh said he called him to clear the air.
“I gave him a call the other night,” Marsh said on AFL Nation.
“I’d say that I and all of our members have enormous respect for Leigh and he’s completely entitled to his opinion.
“His view was that the we should’ve done exactly what the AFL asked of us, in the conversation I had was part way through this week before we got through to the end.
“Clearly we took a few days to work through it which I don’t think was inappropriate given the complexities of what we’re dealing with, but we’ve now reached an outcome than both the AFLPA and AFL are happy with.
“I would hope Leigh would respect where we’ve landed and see this is something the AFL are happy with.”