Erin Phillips, the AFLW’s most embellished participant, says starting a pre-season with no competitors begin date or pay deal is just not excellent.
However Phillips is urging her enjoying cohort to deal with soccer as negotiations proceed over an AFLW collective bargaining settlement (CBA).
Port Adelaide captain Phillips and her teammates, in addition to different AFLW golf equipment, started their pre-season coaching on Monday.
A begin date for the eighth AFLW season is but to be confirmed, apart from early September, whereas the gamers’ union and AFL hierarchy are additionally but to mattress down a contemporary CBA.
“Clearly it is not excellent,” stated Phllips, a triple premiership participant on the Adelaide Crows and a twin league best-and-fairest winner.
“But it surely’s not one thing we’re serious about.
“We all know roughly about when the season probably will begin and that can most likely be, from what I hear is that (AFL males’s) bye weekend in August, September.
“And that is all we’re actually specializing in for the time being … now we have obtained 12 weeks for the time being to get pretty much as good as we are able to in that point and prepare to play our first recreation.
“So, management the issues you could management and we’re definitely doing that.”
The gamers’ union is known to be pushing for AFLW gamers to be given contracts overlaying a 12-month interval, reasonably than the present 9 months.
“That may be a long-term focus and purpose,” Phillips stated.
“Proper now, the purpose is simply to actually get the beginning date, get a fixture for this yr.
“Trying long-term, I do know for the gamers, that’s the purpose ultimately to change into full time athletes.
“When that can occur, I am undecided.
“However definitely the women are actually simply centered on now, and making an attempt to be the very best gamers that they are often and put a product on the sector that is thrilling.”
Phillips, 38, stated she had but to noticeably ponder retirement.
“It has been my final season most likely for the final 5 years,” she stated.
“In the intervening time, I am actually having fun with having the primary low season the place I really have not had a scope or surgical procedure or any type of setback.
“I am simply this season … after which we’ll see what occurs after the yr however I definitely have not made any choice but.
“Truthfully, though I’m 38 I really feel youngish … I are available to this group simply feeling excited and grateful that yearly that I get to play footy, I am very fortunate.
“As a result of this, to me, it is the best recreation and I by no means thought I would be on this place. That is yr eight, it is simply unimaginable what I’m doing.”
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