AFL, players reach agreement on pay cuts

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The AFL Players Association and the league have reached an in-principle agreement on player pay cuts for next season and beyond.

The total player payments and additional services agreement will be cut by nine per cent, while all players will take a 3.5 per cent pay cut on average.

Players will take a 3.5 per cent pay cut on average.Credit: Sebastian Costanzo

The reason for the difference between percentages is explained by the decrease in list sizes and the decrease to money being earned by first-year players in 2021.

Player agents were being briefed by the players' association early on Wednesday afternoon.

Clubs will be able to shift five per cent of players' salaries to 2022 and beyond.

Players who agreed to deals after the contract freeze earlier this year, such as Geelong's superstar signing Jeremy Cameron, will not be impacted unless stipulated in individual contracts.


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