PATRICK Dangerfield has questioned whether the AFL's centralised hub plan is a realistic way of restarting the 2020 season.

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But AFL Players' Association president and Geelong superstar Dangerfield described the plans put forward in recent days as "speculative" at best.


"(Craig Hutchison) called the idea 'fanciful' so I think it's maybe that," he said on radio station SEN.

"At different stages these things are drip-fed to the media in order to generate conversation around the game. We need something to talk about, how realistic that is: I think speculative at best.

"We've said we'll do what we can as players.

"I think you'd find you'd have players that would be more than willing to do that and you'll have some that would be vehemently opposed.

"I know these are desperate times but we've also got to be measured in our response to this."

It's more and bigger than just sport, so let's get through it first and make logical decisions post

- Patrick Dangerfield

Dangerfield said it was important the AFL set the right example for the rest of the community. 

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"I think round one was a good example of the angst that playing created and I just think to do something like that whilst everyone else is still in lockdown, there would need to be a huge amount of thought go into it," he said.

"I'm not sure how comfortable I would be with it.

"We so often hear people talk about sportsmen as role models, well, this is something that's affecting absolutely everyone within the country, so our role to that is to do as we're told and to abide by the government guidelines.

"It's more and bigger than just sport, so let's get through it first and make logical decisions post."

Dangerfield said many players would find it "extremely difficult" to be isolated away from their families for extended periods to play football.

However, he also noted players felt a responsibility to clubs that are under huge financial pressure and staff who have been stood down as a result of cutbacks.