Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has warned AFL players over being “too precious” after the requests of players from the four teams located in Queensland hubs were revealed.
With the SA and WA government restrictions not allowing teams to fly in and fly out of the two states, West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide have all based themselves out of Queensland for an indefinite period.
The two Perth-based sides have been located at one resort, while the two Adelaide-based sides have been located at another, but the relocation has not come without requests.
Veteran AFL reporter Caroline Wilson revealed the very particular requests from players, which includes toasted sandwich makers and PlayStations.
“This is fascinating. Most of it has gone pretty smoothly, but the players want to be able to cook for themselves for example, but they don’t have kitchens in their rooms,” she told Footy Classified.
“The AFL is talking about bringing in a mobile kitchen into the hubs. They want Nutri Bullets in their rooms some of them, they want toasted sandwich makers, microwaves.
“The AFL is bringing in PlayStations, they’re bringing in pool tables into the Royal Pines Resort and also to the Mercure.
“The players can’t play golf, they’re not happy about that, the AFL has found a nine-hole golf course within the Royal Pines.
“If and when the Queensland Premier eases her restrictions on AFL players, they’ll have a golf course.
“They’ve also found dining venues off-site because players don’t want to have to eat every night at the same place.”
According to Wilson, the Crows have also raised concerns over whether their players will be forced to pay for their own coffees.
Teams have also been granted an increased allotment of vehicles due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations.
While he admitted that the players had done a great job in accepting the AFL’s strict COVID-19 protocols, Cornes warned that their public perception could take a hit.
“Let’s just not be too precious about it,” he told Footy Classified.
“They’re going to have to be very careful for how they’re being perceived with this.
“First and foremost, they’ve done a great job, they’ve put their hand up for everything, some of the restrictions are full-on.
“If we forecast back 10 weeks ago at the prospect of no football and the players taking 70 percent pay cuts, they would’ve given anything to just play some footy, whether that meant going to a hub, whether it meant paying for your coffee or being able to play golf, they would have put their hand up.”
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