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Clubs hoping AFL shows flexibility on JobKeeper payments to players

The league has indicated that if JobKeeper is given to some players, clubs may breach the salary cap and players who have been front-ended or received advance payments could earn more than the revised income that is now due to rookies under the renegotiated pay deal.

The AFLPA has been working closely with the AFL in an attempt to resolve the issue, with clubs hopeful the league may show some flexibility for 2020.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson said at a media conference during the week the Eagles were working through issues with about eight players, however several clubs have players in a similar position.

Clubs understand the rules but remain hopeful of a resolution given the extraordinary circumstances.

Meanwhile a contingent of Irish rookies, including Collingwood’s Mark Keane and Essendon’s Cian McBride, left Dublin on Friday night after the Australian government granted them entry.

The players from Collingwood, Essendon, the Giants, the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast will need to stay in 14-day quarantine after they arrive in Melbourne at hotel accommodation determined by the government.

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