LAST week's player pay deal breakthrough is yet to end the contracts moratorium the AFL ordered during the coronavirus cash crisis.

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Brisbane football boss David Noble confirmed on Tuesday that clubs' list management teams were still unable to resume contract talks with players and it was unclear when that would happen.

If the money is not in the game, then we can't honour those contracts, can we?

- David Noble

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Another complication is whether the financial hit the game's taken will enable players' contracts to be met in full in the coming years, with Noble doubting whether that will be possible.

"We don't have any real line of sight in regards to those (contract) discussions yet," Noble said.

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"The first thing for me is I want to see our (stood-down) staff looked after. That's not saying I don't think the players are a priority, but if the money is not in the game, then we can't honour those contracts, can we?

"That's just going to be a financial equation we're going to have to work. How that looks, I've got no idea, to be honest.

"It'd be nice if we could bring everybody back at the same level and rate but I'm not sure that's where the game's going to land over the next couple of years."

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Noble said he was unsure at this stage what the Federal Government's $130 billion JobKeeper payment, announced on Monday, would mean for the Lions' staff.

Brisbane remains open-minded on the myriad possibilities for all facets of the game when the season eventually resumes.

They include the Grand Final venue and date – possibly held at the AFL-owned Marvel Stadium and as late as December – fewer coaches, and the likelihood of the Lions bunking in Melbourne to play up to four games in a short period.

There is also a scenario where Brisbane could be without a home ground for a period, given the Gabba is likely to host the first cricket Test between Australia and India this summer.

"We pride ourselves on being a club that is able to travel. We did it last year and we were able to travel and execute our games away. That doesn't faze us too much," Noble said.

"We don't know what the stadium down the road looks like, we don't know what the old community grounds back in Melbourne look like and (their) availability.

"We don't know whether or not we'll actually fulfill a round every weekend, either. It might be a whole new scaling of how we play the game across a week.

"We'd love to play at home – make no bones about it.

"Our fans have been great and we reckon we've had the Gabba return and the voice has come back, so to miss out on that would be disappointing, but to still play in some capacity would also be great for our fans."

Noble revealed that about eight or nine young Lions players had returned to their home state, including emerging midfielder Hugh McCluggage.

Some are also considering working a trade during the shutdown period, to not only make ends meet but also to stay active and maintain their mental health.

Ruckman Stefan Martin has had a brace fitted to his right knee after sustaining a posterior cruciate ligament tear in the round one loss to Hawthorn.

Brisbane ruckman Stefan Martin on the bench in round one. Picture: AFL Photos

Noble said Martin would undergo a seven-to-eight-week rehabilitation program and would then need to do some conditioning work to be ready to play. 

Charlie Cameron (toe) would have been fit enough to compete last weekend if the season wasn't suspended.