MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Sherrin footballs are placed to be collected by Kangaroos players during a North Melbourne Kangaroos training session at the Arden Street Ground on March 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Players threaten strike over pay dispute

A player strike is “on the table” if the AFL doesn’t bend in collective bargaining agreement negotiations, says players association board member Leigh Montagna.

The Herald Sun reported last week that talks were indefinitely delayed as league bosses considered the players’ claim, which would tie their pay to a set percentage of footy revenue.

It’s believed negotiations could extend until after the current agreement expires in October.

The AFL and clubs have long opposed the concept and favour paying the players a fixed dollar amount.

St Kilda veteran Montagna said he couldn’t understand why the AFL was so against the percentage of revenue model and was adamant that striking action remained an option to the players.

“A strike is on the table. It is the last resort, and the players certainly don’t want to do it. But the players will be prepared — if it got to that case — to do it,” he said.