Veterans could be squeezed out of the AFL


West Coast forward Josh Kennedy concedes there may not be room for him on the club’s roster next year even if he wants to continue his AFL career.

The AFL landscape has changed dramatically amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the league initiating brutal cost-cutting measures in a bid to stay financially viable.

Josh Kennedy doesn’t know what his AFL future holds in the wake of the league shutdown.Credit:AAP

Players have already offered to take pay cuts, though there is a dispute with the AFL over how heavy they will be, while staff at league headquarters and at individual clubs have either been let go or placed on unpaid leave.

The competition has been put on hold until at least May 31 and there are no guarantees another game will be played this year.

Kennedy is in the final stage of his decorated career and there was a chance the 32-year-old would have retired at the end of this season anyway.

But if the shortened – or abandoned – season leaves Kennedy fresh and wanting to play on in 2021 he’s not sure if there will be room for him, given the AFL may drastically cut list sizes next year to reduce costs.

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