MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Nathan Lovett-Murray of the Bombers runs before kicking a goal during the round one AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on March 31, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

AFL Players’ Association boss Paul Marsh says the AFLPA will not fund any Essendon players’ legal bills, should they choose to appeal their doping bans.

“Categorically the AFL players association hasn’t funded any legal bills to this point and won’t be funding this appeal,” Marsh said on SEN radio.

“We’re waiting on the Essendon football club to confirm that they will continue to fund and we expect that to be the case.”

Marsh’s comments comes after player manager Peter Jess confirmed that his client and ex-Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray plans to appeal his doping ban.

Jess told SEN radio on Friday morning that he is “hopeful” that the Players’ Association would fund part of the legal bill for the appeal.

However, Marsh dismissed any such notion.

“I think Peter’s comments probably show how disconnected he is to actually what’s happening here with the 34 players, and he certainty shouldn’t be speaking on behalf of any other players except for Nathan.”