LIVE: 'It's not precious to want to see your family'; AFL players are not 'the bad guys'
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The AFL playing group is far from convinced on the isolation hub model.
But it's the "worst-case scenario" — and there's $40m reasons why the league wants to avoid it.

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Essendon premiership player and AFL player manager Adam Ramanauskas says he's sick of players being portrayed as "the bad guy" in the ongoing hubs debate.

With the worst-case scenario plan possibly seeing AFL stars head into quarantine for 20 of 21 weeks in order to get the season played, many have been negative towards the players' tentative response.

However Ramanauskas says there isn't any "hostility" between the players and AFL over the matter.

"I don't think there's hostility, the players have said all along they want to play, the players want to be a part of the solution for the AFL," he said on RSN.

"The players are well aware that it will be a hub scenario.

"I don't like the way the players are continually getting portrayed like they're the bad guy in this situation. I think that start to frustrate players too. They don't want to be viewed that way. They want to be leaders in society at the moment."

He also added: "I don't think wanting to see your family is precious."

Port Adelaide gun Tom Rockliff. Picture: Jono Searle Source: Getty Images


Dual Lions best and fairest winner and current Port Adelaide midfielder Tom Rockliff has suggested some AFL players could stand down from football, should the league push ahead with an up-to-20-week isolation hub.

Dubbed the "worst-case scenario", the AFL season could recommence via a two-hub phase, which could lead to some teams spending as many as 20 weeks in isolation.

However it remains unlikely families could be welcomed into the hubs — a possibility Rockliff, who…
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